Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary

Cedar Waxwing on Buttonbush 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. 

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Reservations* are required from Tuesdays–Sundays between 9 am–5 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 (no restrooms)

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

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