Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary
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Ipswich River, one of Mass
Audubonís largest sanctuaries,
offers more than 12 miles of
interconnecting trails that invite you
to explore the forests, meadows,
In April, listen for the chorus of
American toads and pickerel frogs.
Watch for river otters, painted
turtles, and great blue herons
at various times throughout the
year. Climb the drumlin and
esker, landscape features created
by a glacier 15,000 years ago.
Huge rocks and exotic trees and
shrubs that were part of a former
arboretum provide an adventurous
walk along the Rockery Trail.
Canoe along eight miles of the Ipswich River that meanders through the sanctuary. Members can camp on Perkins Island or rent our rustic cabin.
87 Perkins Row
Topsfield, MA 01983
This sanctuary has the following universally accessible facilities: Restrooms, Barn, Nature Center, Visitor Center.
Nature Center/Trail Hours:
May 1 - October 31: Tuesday through Friday, 9 am - 4 pm; weekends and Monday holidays, 9 am - 5 pm
November 1 - April 30: Tuesday through Sunday and Monday holidays, 9 am - 4 pm
Trails: Open dawn to dusk, Tuesday-Sunday and Monday holidays.
- For Your Safety
- Do not feed any animals
- Stay on trails to avoid ticks and poison ivy
- Do not smoke anywhere on the sanctuary
- Do not pick or collect plants or crops without permission
- Avoid Conflicts with Wildlife
- Do not bring pets, leashed or unleashed, on to the site
- Picnic only in designated areas
- Do not bring motorized vehicles or bicycles onto the site
- Jogging is not allowed.
- Hunting, fishing, or trapping are not permitted
Mass Audubon Members enjoy FREE admission.
Not a Member? Join Today!
$4 for nonmember adults
$3 for nonmember children (2-12)
From Boston and the south:
Take Rt I-95 north to exit 50 and follow Rt 1 north. At the junction of Rt 1 and Rt 97, turn right onto Rt 97 south (toward Beverly and Danvers). Follow Rt 97 south and take the third left onto Perkins Row. Follow Perkins Row for 1 mile, and the sanctuary is on the right.
From the north: Take Rt I-95 south to exit 53A and follow Rt 97 south. At the junction of Rt 1 and Rt 97 in Topsfield, stay on Rt 97 south and take the third left onto Perkins Row. Follow Perkins Row for 1 mile, and the sanctuary is on the right.