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Description - This park is one of the best kept secrets in the Massachusetts forest and park system. Here, an 1800-foot saltwater beach is backed by rambling hills of beach grass and shaded, grassy picnic sites. A broad, scenic marsh lines the Slocum River on the park's eastern edge.

Attractions - The beach is ideal for families with children. The Buzzards Bay surf is calm and shallow, giving rise to warm water temperatures through most of the summer. It is also a great spot to see egrets, herons, ospreys, terns and hawks. 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 6pm weekends and holidays. There are absolutely no pets allowed on the beach at any time. Kite surfing, skim boards, boogey boards or flotation devices of any type are not allowed. Powerboats and Jet Ski's are not allowed to land on the beach. Shell fishermen must have a valid Dartmouth shellfish license. It is very helpful if youth groups call ahead of time to schedule visits.

Recreation - Visitors to Demarest Lloyd State Park can enjoy; fishing, picnicking, scenic viewin, swimming and walking trails. Canoeing and kayaking are also popular at this park.

Climate - Massachusetts experiences four distinct seasons with slightly varying temperatures in the inland and coastal regions. Along the coast the water is a moderating factor that often prevents large amounts of snowfall from accumulating through the winter. Summer temperatures are usually cooler than low lying inland areas, due to ocean breezes. This region of the country experiences high humidity in the summer season and temperatures that average close to 80 degrees F. Fall and Spring are pleasant times to visit the region with crisp air and low humidity. Brilliant foliage colors can be found in the central and western regions of the state in late September and October. Winter temperatures can be brutally cold on occasion with a humidity-filled wind, but on average winter daytime temperatures reach 35 degrees F and lows reach into the teens. Spring is usually the wettest time of year, but trees, bushes and flowers are blooming by early May.

Location - From Rt. 195: take exit 12, Faunce Corner Road south. Follow Faunce Corner rd. to Rt. 6. Go Straight across Rt. 6 onto Old Westport Rd. At the Fork stay to the left onto Chase Rd. Follow Chase road to end and take right, past the Dartmouth DPW. Follow signs the rest of the way.

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