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Need to Know

Be on the Lookout for Ticks

The spike of infected ticks in the state has caused state health officials to declare Lyme disease an epidemic. Ticks are tiny bugs most likely found in shady, damp, brushy, wooded or grassy areas (including backyards), especially in tall grass. Ticks feed on the blood of mammals and can bite you and spread diseases such as Lyme disease.

Piping Plovers in Plymouth

Plymouth is proud to host the rare and federally threatened piping plover in the spring and summer when it nests and raises its chicks right on the beach in the sand. Piping plovers had been nesting here for thousands of years when the Pilgrims arrived and we hope they’ll be here for thousands more. You can help by learning a little about them and following a few rules.

Off-Road Riding Discouraged

Looking to ride your dirt bike in the dirt, your four-wheeler where two wheelers dare not go?

Sorry, in this region that’s not, strictly speaking, legal.

It’s also something that local environmentalists frown upon because off-road vehicles – referred to in Massachusetts as OHV (Off Highway Vehicles) – can seriously damage our fragile, sandy soils, destroying prime habitat.

We’d suggest you take a walk instead, and enjoy what is one of the most beautiful and biodiverse parts of the state.

Nothing Barren About the Pine Barrens

Where is the Massachusetts Coastal Pine Barrens?

If you’re visiting us in Plymouth County chances are you’re standing in it.

Whether you are sailing, swimming, hiking, biking or birding during your visit, you are most likely enjoying yourself in the Pine Barrens.

Sand is the common denominator: There’s more of it in the woods than on the beach.

Rare plants and species abound here, from the Pine Barrens Moth, to the Red Bellied Cooter, to the Plymouth Gentian and the New England Boneset.

Information for Kiteboarders

Rules

In Plymouth, except for Long Beach, kite boarders may set up, launch and kite from any public beach as long as they remain outside designated swim areas.

Kite boarders should follow all state rules and regulations pertaining to the sport and are expected to exhibit common sense.

Poison Ivy is Pervasive

Poison Ivy is a plant that can cause allergic contact dermatitis - a red, itchy rash, hives or blisters. It is pervasive in New England. According to the Poison Ivy Guy,

Mosquitoes – More Than a Nuisance

Mosquitoes are more than just a nuisance; they can be carriers of viruses that cause illness. West Nile Virus (WNV) and Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE or “Triple E”) are viruses that can cause illness ranging from a mild fever to more serious disease like encephalitis or meningitis. They are spread to people through the bite of an infected mosquito. There are no specific treatments for either virus, but steps can be taken to protect yourself from illness, including:

Take a Hike – Safely

Plymouth and Plymouth County have miles and miles of walking and hiking trails. Be prepared to carry-in/carry-out all your belongings and trash. The terrain ranges from flat to rolling drumlins, and hikers should always be prepared and follow the Hiker’s Responsibility Code: You are responsible for yourself, so be prepared:

We’re friendly toward dogs

Dogs in Plymouth are to be leashed at all times when out in public with their owner/guardian. With a few exceptions, most outdoor venues allow dogs that are leashed, although it is recommended to call or email the venue before you arrive to confirm. For additional information on dog-friendly destinations, please see the following websites: