Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, Topsfield

#29 of 68 in Trails in Massachusetts
Ipswich River offers more than 10 miles of interconnecting trails that invite you to explore the forests, meadows, and wetlands.

Canoe along eight miles of the Ipswich River that run through the sanctuary and camp on Perkins Island, located a half-mile up the river (members can rent canoes from May through October). Members can also rent a cabin that is conveniently located close to the sanctuary’s office and program facilities and sleeps four.

In April, listen for the chorus of American toads and pickerel frogs. Watch for river otters, painted turtles, and great blue herons at various times throughout the year. Climb the drumlin and esker, landscape features created by a glacier 15,000 years ago. Huge rocks and exotic trees and shrubs that were part of a former arboretum provide an adventurous walk along the Rockery Trail.
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  • We've been coming for a few years. Excellent trails year round that pass through a variety of landscapes with a numerous bird species passing through or inhabiting at different times of the year make ...  more »
  • What a terrific preserve. 12 or so miles of natural trails to explore. Some of birds will eat out of your hand, so bring some seeds along. A couple of chickadees and a red winged blackbird followed us...  more »

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