Rough Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary

Salt marsh in low tide at Rough Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary

Encompassing spectacular coastal woodlands, salt marshes, tidal creeks, and salt pannes, Rough Meadows supports an astonishing diversity of wildlife. The sanctuary, managed in collaboration with the Essex County Greenbelt, is part of the Great Marsh ecosystem. The area has been designated an Important Bird Area and Area of Critical Environmental Concern.

LocationPatmos Road, Rowley, MA 
Hours: Trails open daily, dawn to dusk

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Explore Our Trails

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Explore 1.6 miles of well marked trails through coastal woodlands to several viewpoints that offer panoramic views of the Great Marsh. Learn More

Program Catalog

The nearby Joppa Flats Education Center offers a wide variety of programs for people of all ages. Whether you're new to nature or an outdoors aficionado, there's something for everyone. Find a program