Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary

Log bench looking out over the meadow in late autumn at Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary

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.

Location87 Perkins Row, Topsfield, MA 01983
Phone: 978-887-9264
Hours: Visitor Center open Tuesday-Sunday, 9:00 am-4:30 pm • Trails open Tuesday-Sunday, dawn to dusk • Closed Mondays (except holidays)

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Hit the Trails!

Our 12 miles of trails take you through forests, meadows, wetlands, and a rockery. Details & map >

Canoe Rentals

Canoe Rentals

Canoe rentals begin Memorial Day weekend. Book a canoe and explore Ipswich River on the water! Get the details >

Sanctuary News & Events

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Upcoming Programs

October 8, 2022 (Saturday) 10:00-11:30am
Fields are alive with animal activity on warm, fall days. Spend an early October day chasing butterflies, grasshoppers, and cr... Read more
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