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: Admissions window open Tuesday–Sunday, 9:00 am-4:30 pm • Trails open Tuesday–Sunday, dawn to dusk

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Trails

Hit the Trails!

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

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Online Programs

Fox Sparrow in winter at Boston Nature Center
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Sanctuary News & Events

Bald Eagle adults on shoreline driftwood at Mass Audubon's Joppa Flats Education Center © Victor Cole

Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary

Special Event February 8–12, 2022

Deep winter is on its way—and with it, the Bald Eagles will return to the Merrimack Valley. This year's festival will include both online and in-person programs to celebrate these special winter residents of the greater Newburyport area.

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