Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary

Stone bridge at Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary © Paul Sullivan
© Paul Sullivan

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–Sunday, 9 am–4 pm; Trails, Tuesday–Sunday, dawn to dusk
closed Mondays (except holidays)

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

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Offering sessions for campers ages 4-14 in Topsfield, Essex, & Marblehead. Find out more >

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Upcoming Programs

May 7, 2020 (Thursday) 9:30am - 11:00am
Enjoy the wonders of spring as it unfolds throughout the sanctuary in this five-session adult/child series. Listen to stories... Learn More >
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