Hellcat Nature Walk

Saturday, September 17, 2022

Hellcat Nature Walk

Date & Time

Saturday, September 17, 2022

Recurring Event

Time Slot(s):

This self-guided walk is available during normal hours of operation: 7 days a week from sunrise to sunset.


Enjoy a self-guided walk along the Hellcat Trail, a fully-accessible boardwalk that meanders through many of the key habitats found across the refuge. Engage your senses as you listen for bird songs, identify plants, and learn more about what makes this place special. QR codes will be stationed along the trail, and can be scanned with a smartphone for even more information. This walk was developed by a local Newburyport High School student!

Special Instructions

This 1.3-mile loop boardwalk spans both sides of the refuge road, and is fully wheelchair accessible. Accessible restrooms are available near the parking lot.

• Surfaces: This composite lumber boardwalk begins at a paved parking lot with three designated accessible parking spaces. There are two additional accessible parking spaces where the trail crosses the paved road. The trail is mostly flat or gently sloping.
• Dimensions: The trail is a minimum of 5 feet wide. Most of the boardwalk has a 7-inch curb with occasional stretches of higher railings. Viewing platforms also have railings approximately 3.5 feet high.
• Additional features and considerations: There are three short spurs that branch off from the main boardwalk and lead to viewing platforms. There are three benches: one at the North Pool overlook, one at the dunes overlook, and one along a forested section of the boardwalk.


Parker River National Wildlife Refuge, Refuge Rd, Newbury, MA 01951

Parker River National Wildlife Refuge, Refuge Rd, Newbury, MA 01951



Accessible / Wheelchair or stroller accommodating

Fun for Kids

Parking Available

Restrooms Available

Event Category

  • Birds
  • Hike
  • Nature / Science

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