Parker River National Wildlife Refuge is located on Plum Island, Massachusetts.
Dunes trail descending into Hellcat Swamp
View from the dunes trail portion of Hellcat Swamp Trail in the center of the refuge. Cape Ann appears in the background.
View south of the beach from the central beach overlook. Cape Ann is visible in the background. The fence is a stabilization measure. The public is denied the beach at this time of year.
Sign at Parking Lot 1 closing the beach. The public is unusually cooperative, perhaps indicating some sympathy for the piping plovers.
Beach plum next to the dunes overlook portion of the Hellcat Swamp trail. The immature fruit is clearly visible. When ripe they are not there long.
Fishing off the beach, several hundred yards. Cape Ann in background.
Noted Beach Plum at the entrance to the park.
Boardwalk from Parking Lot 1 to the beach. This lot is never closed.