About Ipswich River
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.
87 Perkins Row, Topsfield, MA 01983
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Summer (through August 28)
- Trails: Open daily, dawn to dusk
- Nature Center & restrooms closed; no canoeing or camping
- 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
- ConnectorCare Card to Culture Participants: Free for up to 4 people when you show your ConnectorCare card
- Universally Accessible Nature Center
- Universally Accessible Restrooms
- Picnic Area
- Camping/Cabin Rental
- Electric Vehicle Charging Station
- 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.
- Day camps in Topsfield, Essex, and Marblehead designed to provide campers with a unique opportunity to learn about nature.
- Annual events like Halloween Happenings, 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.