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Odiorne Point State Park
Come to Odiorne Point to explore New Hampshire’s rocky ocean shore. The park’s Seacoast Science Center offers a variety of discovery programs and interpretive exhibits.
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Great Bay National Wildlife Refuge
Description: This area was farmed in colonial times; until recently it was part of the former Pease Air Force Base. The open fields and oak and pine forests retain reminders of the human presence.

Wildlife to Watch: The refuge is an excellent place to see and hear wild turkeys throughout the year; they frequent the old roads and have adjusted to being observed. Other wildlife is also plentiful, including white-tailed deer, coyotes, and red and gray foxes. The varied habitat brings neotropical migrants in the spring and summer: rose-breasted grosbeaks, scarlet tanagers, and indigo buntings. From autumn through spring you may see bald eagles, American black ducks, and common loons on the bay.

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Other Activities: Two trails provide access to different habitats: one to Peverly Ponds, the other to the shores of Great Bay.

Ownership: U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service 
Size: 1100 acres 
Closest Town: Portsmouth


Best Seasons for Wildlife Viewing:

Eastern Wild Turkey - photo by USFWS
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Driving Directions:
From Interstate 95, take the Spaulding Turnpike west. Drive 3 miles past Portsmouth to the Pease International Tradeport exit Newington. Follow Merrimack Road, turn right on McIntyre Road, and follow it to the overpass at the entrance to the refuge.

For more information call (603) 431-7511.

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Great Bay National Wildlife Refuge : Wildlife Viewing Area