About Eastern Point

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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 hot spot for butterflies and seabirds at particular times of the year. Look no further than the parking lot for unsurpassed coastal seascape.


51 (noncontiguous)

Trail Mileage

0.5 miles

Sanctuary Highlights

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


Eastern Point Boulevard (private way), Gloucester, MA Get Directions >
Managed by Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary


Trails: Daily, dawn to dusk
Parking lot gate open daily, 8 am-8 pm


Members: Free
Nonmembers: $10.00 per car (Memorial Day-Columbus Day)