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-8 pm


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 give even more people access to nature and to thank active military for their service, we are proud to offer:

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
Wonderfund Access: Free for up to 4 people when you show your Wonderfund card
Active-Duty Military: Free for up to 5 people with a valid military ID card

→ For your safety and to avoid conflicts with wildlife, please follow our sanctuary guidelines during your visit.


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.