Date Of Visit: April 23, 2017
Location: Barney’s Joy Road, Dartmouth, MA (about 1.5 hours south of Boston and 45 minutes southeast of Providence, RI)
Hours: The park is generally open from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Park hours in season are 10 am to 6 pm weekdays and 8 am to 6 pm weekends and holidays. You can park at the entrance (a gate prevents access in the off season) and walk the roughly half a mile to the beach
Cost: $12 MA Vehicle, $14 non-MA Vehicle, see website for additional fees for boating
Parking: there is ample parking near the beach after you pay at the entrance.
Handicapped Accessible: Yes
Dog Friendly: Yes, but they are not allowed on the beach from April 1st to September 15th, unless they are service pets
Website: Demarest Lloyd State Memorial Park
Located along the southern coast of Massachusetts, Demarest Lloyd State Park has some of the prettiest views of any state park I have visited. Its abundant bird population, scenic views and sandbars make Demarest one of the truly special places to visit and get away from it all.
Demarest is a bird lovers paradise, especially during the off season when there are less people, cars and other disturbances to scare them away.
The views at Demarest are truly breath taking.
I kept thinking to myself, sometimes the world is indeed a very beautiful place. It’s important to have places like this treasure to observe and appreciate pure beauty. Demarest was easy to photograph. The hardest part was deciding which photos to post. All I had to do was check my settings and point and click. The beauty was already there, all courtesy of Mother Nature.
It was low tide during my visit. So, I was able to walk out onto some of the sandbars and get up close to some of the gulls at the park.
There were also several lobster pots and other cage-like devices that had washed up along the shore or were being stored there for safe keeping
If you do walk past the beach area, as I did, you should remember to pack or wear an extra pair of walking shoes (flip flops and sandals won’t be adequate) because the path turns from sand to pebbles and seashells. It is worth the walk, though.
One of the few creepy things at the park were these spiders. And they were everywhere. I must have seen dozens of them. So, if you do lie out there on a beach blanket, I’m just saying…but they have a purpose and place here as well.
Dogs like Demarest as well.
Bartley is a 2 year old German Shepherd.
Ranger is a 5 or 6 year old mixed breed dog.
Sadie is an 8 year old Lab.