Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary

Topsfield, Massachusetts

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At 2,800 acres this is Massachusetts Audubon’s largest sanctuary, covering woods, meadows, and wetlands, including the Great Wenham Swamp, the largest freshwater wetland on the north shore. This loop tours the sanctuary’s open fields, marshes, and beaver ponds, as well as the thickly wooded Averill’s Island, before returning for one more pass through the bustling wildlife neighborhood of the marshland.
Hiking Massachusetts

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Hiking Massachusetts

by Benjamin B. Ames (Falcon Guides)

At 2,800 acres this is Massachusetts Audubon’s largest sanctuary, covering woods, meadows, and wetlands, including the Great Wenham Swamp, the largest freshwater wetland on the north shore.

This loop tours the sanctuary’s open fields, marshes, and
beaver ponds, as well as the thickly wooded Averill’s Island, before returning for one more pass through the bustling wildlife neighborhood of the marshland.

© 2014 Benjamin B. Ames/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Birding, Cross-Country Skiing, Hiking
Nearby City: Topsfield
Distance: 2.9
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 2 hours
Best Times: Best in Spring
Local Contacts: Massachusetts Audubon, Topsfield; (978) 887-9264
Local Maps: USGS Ipswich, MA
Driving Directions: Directions to Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary

Recent Trail Reviews

1/31/2006
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Wetland wonderland! Birdwatcher heaven! If you are a bird watcher then just go here, I guarentte you will be glad you did. Dunes and beaches everywhere. Very close to tourist area with almost too many things to eat and do, this is a great day or weekend trip if you dont want to go too far out of the way and if I had kids I would definately take them to this area, (though in the bird santuary try to keep em' quiet please). There are moderate parking fees.



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