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 hot spot 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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Managed by Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary


  • Trails: Open every day, dawn to dusk
  • Parking: Gated lot open daily, 8 am-8 pm


Members: Free
Nonmembers: $10 per car (Memorial Day-Columbus Day) → please have exact change ←
EBT Participants: Free for up to 4 people when you show your EBT card
ConnectorCare Card to Culture Participants: Free for up to 4 people when you show your ConnectorCare card 
Active-Duty Military: Free for up to 5 people with a valid military ID card


Parking (not plowed in winter)


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.