Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary

Cedar Waxwing in a Buttonbush shrub at Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary © Kathy Diamontopoulos
Cedar Waxwing © Kathy Diamontopoulos

Ipswich River offers 12 miles of trails that invite you to explore the forests, meadows, wetlands, drumlin, and esker. Whether exploring by foot or paddling down our namesake river, you will marvel at the diversity of wildlife, especially bird species—the sanctuary is part of the Eastern Essex County Interior Forest Important Bird Area. Please leave dogs and other pets at home.

Location87 Perkins Row, Topsfield, MA 01983
Phone: 978-887-9264
Hours: Trails open Tuesday–Sunday, dawn to dusk; closed Mondays (except holidays)

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Reservations* are required every day between 9 am–4:30 pm. 

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*All self-guided school or group parking reservations must be scheduled through our office at least one week in advance. 


Halloween Hike • October 22 & 23

Take a guided, family-friendly walk into a magical forest to meet a few nocturnal friends! Sign up >


Hit the Trails!

Our 12 miles of trails take you through forests, meadows, wetlands, and a rockery. Details & map >

Sanctuary News & Events

The new Motus radio receiving tower at Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary

Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary

Ipswich River has joined the Motus Wildlife Tracking System! By participating in this exciting collaborative research network, scientists and educators across New England will be able to better understand the ecology and conservation of migratory birds.

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Upcoming Programs

November 4, 2021 (Thursday) 1:30-3:00pm
Where are dragonflies and other insects born? In a pond! We'll search this freshwater habitat for the tiny creatures that spend their winters underwater. Read more
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