About Eastern Point

Red-breasted Merganser at Eastern Point Wildlife Sanctuary © David Peller
Red-breasted Merganser © David Peller

What Eastern Point lacks in space it more than makes up for in views and wildlife!

Located on a peninsula near the historic Eastern Point Lighthouse, the small sanctuary is a hotspot for butterflies and seabirds at particular times of the year. Look no further than the parking lot for unsurpassed coastal seascape.


Eastern Point Boulevard (private way), Gloucester, MA 
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  • Trails: Open every day, dawn to dusk
  • Parking Lot: Gated lot open daily, 8 am to dusk


Members: Free
Nonmembers: $10 per car from Memorial Day–Indigenous Peoples' Day (cash only) → please have exact change ←

  • If you are planning to bring a large group (10+ visitors), please call our office ahead to discuss availability: 978-887-9264.
    • Fees: $35 per 10-12 person passenger van. $70 per school bus.

As a way to increase access to nature, Mass Audubon also offers several free admission programs at our wildlife sanctuaries


Parking Lot 

NOTE: Lot is not plowed in winter


51 (noncontiguous)

Trail Mileage

0.5 miles

Sanctuary Highlights

  • Short loop trail through deciduous forest—trailhead entrance is across from a cul-de-sac named Aileen Terrace (trails may be wet in spring).
  • Groups of migrating monarchs can sometimes be seen resting in the trees in September.
  • Seasonal walks and programs conducted through Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary.

Property Regulations

All of the land at our wildlife sanctuaries is protected. By conserving these open spaces, Mass Audubon, along with our members and partners, is able to fulfill its mission of protecting the nature of Massachusetts.  

  • No dog walking or horseback riding; please leave all animals and pets at home (service animals welcome
  • No walking off trail  
  • No collecting or picking natural items.  
  • No bike riding or operating motorized vehicles; day passes are available for powered mobility devices   
  • No running, swimming, or camping 
  • No operating drones or other remote-controlled vehicles   
  • No fishing, hunting, trapping, or releasing of animals   
  • No feeding wildlife   
  • No smoking