Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary

Stone bridge at Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary © Paul Sullivan
© Paul Sullivan

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. 

Location87 Perkins Row, Topsfield, MA 01983
Phone: 978-887-9264
Hours: Tuesday–Sunday, 9 am–4 pm; Trails, Tuesday–Sunday, dawn to dusk
closed Mondays (except holidays)

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Sanctuary News & Events

Spotted salamanders on wet leaves (Photo: Ian Ives)

Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary

Special Event CANCELLED - April 3, 2020

CANCELLED. Come celebrate Big Night with us! Take a one-hour guided walk, see a real vernal pool, and meet some larger-than-life characters eager to share their stories with you.

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