About Ipswich River

Bluebird © Fred Goodwin

Ipswich River offers 12 miles of trails that invite you to explore the forests, meadows, wetlands, drumlin, and eskers. 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.

Acres

1,954

Trail Mileage

12 miles Get details >

Sanctuary Highlights

  • Boulders stacked to create arches and a grotto setting, constructed in 1905, provide an adventurous walk along the Rockery Trail.
  • Mass Audubon members-only benefits including renting canoes, camping on Perkins Island, or staying in our rustic cabin, the Innermost House.
  • Summer day camps in Topsfield, Essex, and Marblehead designed to provide campers with a unique opportunity to learn about nature.
  • Annual events like Halloween Happenings, Big Woods Hike, Maple Sugaring, Big Night, and Audubon Nature Festival.
  • Travel programs to places such as Monhegan Island for fall migration and Downeast Maine to view puffins.

Location

87 Perkins Row, Topsfield, MA 01983
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Hours

May–October

Tuesday–Friday, 9 am–4 pm
Saturday–Sunday & Monday holidays, 9 am–5 pm
Closed Mondays

Trails: Open Tuesday–Sunday & Monday holidays, dawn to dusk (closed Mondays)

November–April

Tuesday–Sunday & Monday holidays, 9 am–4 pm
Closed Mondays

Trails: Open Tuesday–Sunday & Monday holidays, dawn to dusk (closed Mondays)

Admission

  • Members: Free
  • Nonmembers: $6 Adults, $4 Seniors (65+), $4 Children (2-12) 
  • EBT Participants: Free for up to 4 people when you show your EBT card

Camping & Canoeing 

Canoeing on the Ipswich River
Exclusively for Mass Audubon Members!

Explore the outdoors and connect with nature at your own pace! Ipswich River offers special canoeing and camping opportunities only for Mass Audubon members. Not a member? Join Today!