About Ipswich River

Bluebird © Fred Goodwin

Ipswich River offers 12 miles of trails that invite you to explore the forests, meadows, wetlands, drumlin, and esker. You can also travel down the namesake river, which meanders through the sanctuary, by canoe. Whether exploring by foot or paddle, you will marvel at the diversity of wildlife, especially bird species; the sanctuary is part of the Eastern Essex County Interior Forest Important Bird Area.

Acres

1,954

Trail Mileage

12 miles Details >

Sanctuary Highlights

  • Boulders stacked to create arches and a grotto setting, constructed in 1905, provide an adventurous walk along the Rockery Trail.
  • Mass Audubon members-only benefits including renting canoes, camping on Perkins Island, or staying in our rustic cabin, the Innermost House.
  • Summer day camps in Topsfield, Essex, and Marblehead designed to provide campers with a unique opportunity to learn about nature.
  • Annual events like Halloween Happenings, Big Woods Hike, Maple Sugaring, Big Night, and Audubon Nature Festival.
  • Travel programs to places such as Monhegan Island for fall migration and Downeast Maine to view puffins.

Location, Hours, and Fees

87 Perkins Row, Topsfield, MA 01983
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May–October
Tuesday–Friday, 9 am–4 pm; Weekends & Monday holidays, 9 am–5 pm

November–April
Tuesday–Sunday & Monday holidays, 9 am–4 pm

Trails: Tuesday–Sunday & Monday holidays, dawn to dusk

Members: Free
Nonmembers: $4 Adults, $3 Seniors (65+), $3 Children (2-12) 

Camping & Canoeing Info