Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary

Cedar Waxwing in summer 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. 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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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 >

Summer Camp

Summer Camp Registration is Open

Campers canoeing at Ipswich River

Day camps for ages 4-14 in Topsfield, Essex, & Marblehead. Learn More >

Upcoming Programs

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