Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary

Stone bridge at Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary © Gary McPhee
© Gary McPhee

Ipswich River offers 12 miles of trails that invite you to explore the forests, meadows, wetlands, drumlin, and esker. You can also travel down the namesake river, which meanders through the sanctuary, by canoe. Whether exploring by foot or paddle, 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. 

Location87 Perkins Row, Topsfield, MA 01983
Phone: 978-887-9264
Hours: Tuesday–Friday, 9 am-4 pm; Weekends & Monday holidays, 9 am-5 pm; Trails open Tuesday–Sunday, dawn to dusk

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Travel with Us

Travel with Us

Northern Gannets flying in Newfoundland by Carol Decker
Northern Gannets (Photo: Carol Decker)

We offer a variety of local, national, & international travel experiences every year! Upcoming trips >

Free Admission for Military Families

Free for Military Families

Family hiking uphill wooded trail

Families of active-duty military personnel get free admission through Labor Day. More details >

Sanctuary News & Events

Family on the boardwalk at Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary © Charlie Reinertsen

Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary

Special Event August 30, 2019

Bring the whole family to Ipswich River for a day of free summer fun! All visitors will receive free admission, and there will be free programs offered throughout the day for all ages to enjoy.

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Upcoming Programs

September 8, 2019 (Sunday) 9:00am - 10:00am
This fall, yoga and nature will meet to foster an atmosphere of serenity at the sanctuary. Bring your mat, and together we wil... Learn More >
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