Route: Plum Island - out and back (MA)

Submitted by Jenny Houlahan on Tue, 12/19/2023 - 09:00pm
Massachusetts, US
17.5 mi
Vertical Gain
120 ft

Plum Island is an absolute gem located off the Northeastern corner of Massachusetts. This route runs the length of it north to south and back. Starting at the northern tip of the island, you’ll run through lovely residential beach neighborhoods along Northern Boulevard. You’ll turn right on the main drag - Plum Island Boulevard - to make your way over to the western side of the island, Turn left on Sunset Drive which will lead you to the entrance of Parker River National Wildlife Refuge. (There is a $2 entry fee for runners and bikers.)

After passing the gate, Refuge Road will take you along miles of beautiful marshes frequented by bird watchers. (Cars do drive along the road slowly so it’s best to be aware of the cars and wear bright clothing.) The road will change from paved to a mix of dirt and gravel before reaching the turn around at Sandy Point State Reservation on the southern tip of Plum Island. After reaching Sandy Point, you simply turn around and retrace your route to the start at the northern end. 

Info for Parker River NWR can be found here:

Info for Sandy Point can be found here:



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I’m hoping to get out this weekend to set a supported time with my family riding their bikes along with me. 😊

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I apologize for the typo in the description above, when you start out and are heading south on Northern Blvd, you will then take a *right* turn on Plum Island Turnpike not a left. It’s pretty obvious because left would take you to the beach but I don’t want to lead anyone astray!