Horseneck Beach State Reservation

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Horseneck Beach State Reservation
Massachusetts State Park
Surf at Horseneck Beach
Country United States
State Massachusetts
County Bristol
Town Westport
Location John Reed Road (Rt. 88)
 - elevation 16 ft (5 m) [1]
 - coordinates 41°30′28″N 71°2′55″W / 41.50778°N 71.04861°W / 41.50778; -71.04861Coordinates: 41°30′28″N 71°2′55″W / 41.50778°N 71.04861°W / 41.50778; -71.04861 [1]
Area 815 acres (330 ha) [2]
Established Unspecified
Management Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation
Nearest city Fall River, Massachusetts
Location in Massachusetts
Website: Horseneck Beach State Reservation

Horseneck Beach State Reservation is a large public state beach reservation on Buzzards Bay, in the southern portion of the town of Westport, Massachusetts, US.[3]


The state reservation is an oddly shaped peninsula sticking out from Westport's mainland and mostly into Rhode Island Sound (southwest) and Buzzards Bay (southeast). The reservation features 2 miles (3.2km) of barrier beach along with marshland and a protected estuary habitat. Most of the marshland is concentrated at the northern portion of the peninsula bordering Horseneck Channel and The Let.

Gooseberry Neck or Gooseberry Island is an offshoot peninsula of the parent Horseneck Peninsula. It divides part of Rhode Island Sound from Buzzards Bay in the Atlantic Ocean.

Activities and amenities[edit]

  • Beach: The beach is located along the southern portion of the peninsula, bordering Rhode Island Sound and Buzzards Bay. Restroom facilities, management office, food bar, designated on-duty lifeguard towers, and paved walkways are found alongside the beach. Swimming is limited to designated beaches.
  • Camping: A 100-site campground is located behind the dunes at Gooseberry Neck, at the Eastern end of the reservation. Camping season runs mid-May to mid-October. Campground office hours are 8am–10pm. Facilities include a dump station.[3]
  • The reservation offers fishing, windsurfing, motorized and non-motorized boating with boat ramp, trails for biking and walking, showers, hunting, and bird watching. Beaches, camping, picnicking and restrooms are wheelchair-accessible.[3]


The state reservation is accessible from the Bascule Bridge via Route 88, an offshoot of Interstate 195. Route 88 is the main (and direct) route of the two land routes to Horseneck. Route 88 ends on Horseneck, where John Reed Road, the main road serving the reservation, begins. John Reed Road ends at East Beach Road on the eastern portion of the peninsula. The other land route to Horseneck is East Beach Road via Horseneck Road, on the peninsula's connector, near the Westport/Dartmouth town boundary. The beach is accessible from the several large, designated parking lots via toll gates.


  1. ^ a b "Horseneck Beach State Reservation". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. 
  2. ^ "2012 Acreage Listing" (PDF). Department of Conservation and Recreation. April 2012. Retrieved January 17, 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c "Horseneck Beach State Reservation". MassParks. Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs. Retrieved July 31, 2013. 

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