370 Powder Point Ave, Duxbury, MA 02332, USA
Owned By: Town of Duxbury
This landmark, open to the public, offers gorgeous views of Duxbury Bay and access to Duxbury Beach. A popular spot for fishing. Access to Duxbury Bay for shellfishing and paddling.
2,200 foot wooden bridge, original constructed in 1892. After sustaining fire damage in 1985, it was rebuilt the following year. Also known as Duxbury Bridge, Gurnet Bridge, Black River Bridge, Long Bridge, and King Caesar Road Bridge. Small boat access to Duxbury Bay is available at the western end of the bridge.
Wooden bridge includes a raised sidewalk for pedestrians and fishermen. The bridge is also a public roadway with vehicle access.
Habitats and Wildlife
A 2018 survey indicates that the numbers of species observed on Duxbury Beach are as follows. Birds: 127, Mammals: 8, and Plants: 36. Some notable residents are the Snowy Owl, the Piping Plover, and the Least Tern. The latter two are considered to be threatened species by state and/or federal law. The Duxbury Beach Endangered Species Program, enacted by the Duxbury Police Department, offers protection during the spring and summer.
Like all barrier beaches, Duxbury Beach is dynamic. Sand arrives and departs at a slow pace. Here at Duxbury, the beach is moving westward toward the mainland. Unfortunately, due to heavy armoring of beaches to the north (sea walls), Duxbury Beach is not receiving its natural nourishment of sand.
There are seasonal dynamics as well. In the winter and spring, the beach is rocky, as northeasterly winds pull the sand out. In the summer and fall, the sand returns, carried in by gentle waves.
Historic Site: Yes
Boat Launch: Yes
Size: 2200 feet
Hours: Always open.
Parking: Small on-site public parking lot at the western end of the bridge.
Trail Difficulty: Easy
Porta-potties at the eastern end of the bridge.
Boat Ramp: No
ADA Access: Yes
Scenic Views: Yes