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. more info
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.
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:
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.