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! 

Location

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

Hours

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

Admission

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

Facilities

Parking (not plowed in winter)

Acres

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.