Rough Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary
Encompassing over 250 acres of spectacular coastal oak woodland, salt marsh, tidal creeks, and salt pannes in Rowley, Rough Meadows supports an astonishing diversity of plants and animals, including rare and endangered species. It also serves as critical migratory bird habitat and important breeding grounds for many species of birds, fish, and invertebrates. This sanctuary is a part of the Great Marsh ecosystem, connecting over 8,000 acres in an area that has been designated an Important Bird Area and Area of Critical Environmental Concern. Enjoy the sanctuary year-round by exploring the five marked trails.
This property is managed by Joppa Flats Education Center and the Essex County Greenbelt Association.
Open every day, dawn to dusk
For Your Safety
- Hunting is prohibited on Mass Audubon sanctuaries; however, it is allowed in adjacent salt marsh areas. During the fall and winter hunting seasons, we recommend that you wear bright clothing and stay on the marked trails.
- Reduce your exposure to ticks by staying on the trails and taking precautions before and after your hike.
- Do not smoke anywhere on the sanctuary.
- The best way to avoid poison ivy is to learn how to identify it. Thoroughly wash your skin, your clothes, and your shoes immediately after any possible exposure.
To Avoid Conflict with Wildlife and for the Enjoyment of Other Visitors
- Walk your dogs elsewhere.
- Do not collect or gather anything.
- Do not bring motorized vehicles or bicycles onto the sanctuary.
- Obey all posted regulations
From Route 1A in Rowley, take Stackyard Road east 1/10 of a mile. Bear left at Patmos Road. Proceed 1/10 of a mile to the parking lot on the left-hand side of the road.