Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary

Snowy stone bridge in winter 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. 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.

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Reservations* are required from Tuesdays–Sundays 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. 

Location87 Perkins Row, Topsfield, MA 01983
Phone: 978-887-9264
Hours: Trails open Tuesdays–Sundays, dawn to dusk; closed Mondays, except holidays (no restrooms)

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Winter Recess • February 13–28

Boy in winter clothes sliding down snowy hill Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary © Phil Doyle
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American Robin on branch in late autumn (by Joy Marzolf)
American Robin (Photo: Joy Marzolf)

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