Sandy Point State Reservation
Down a stretch of unpaved road, tucked away on the southernmost tip of Plum Island, Sandy Point is 77 acres of waterfront wonder. The beach offers vast expanses of pristine sand and beautiful views. Salt marsh trails that connect to the adjacent wildlife refuge offer a great opportunity for naturalists to spot birds and deer.
Parker River Wildlife Refuge Rd., Ipswich, mass.gov/locations/sandy-point-state-reservation
Maudslay State Park
In the late spring, visitors are greeted by profusions of rhododendron and azalea blossoms. But the rest of the year, Maudslay still offers plenty of natural wonder. Once the home of a country estate, the property still boasts lush 19th-century gardens, plenty of picturesque picnic spots, and 16 miles of easy walking trails. And keep a lookout: A pair of bald eagles has been known to roost in the park.
74 Curzon Mill Rd., Newburyport, 978-465-7223, mass.gov/locations/maudslay-state-park