Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary

Topsfield, Massachusetts

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Ensconced within the protected lands of the Ipswich Audubon Society, many landscape variations intrigue the senses. This route covers a rockery built in 1905 filled with narrow passages and caves made entirely from imported stone. You’ll also pass through extensive forest filled with towering century-old pines bordered by marshland and the vast but increasingly threatened Ipswich River ecosystem. In addition to paying the required admission fee here, you’ll receive a trail map, and staff will share the latest information on animal sightings and trail conditions. Once off the visitor center front porch, turn right, following the Rockery sign, and pass between two red wooden buildings, straight ahead into a meadow. Here you may spot some bobolink or eastern bluebirds and tree swallows flittering around the nesting boxes that have been installed.
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by Steve Mirsky (Falcon Guides)

Ensconced within the protected lands of the Ipswich Audubon Society, many landscape variations intrigue the senses. This route covers a rockery built in 1905 filled with narrow passages and caves made entirely from imported stone. You’ll also pass through extensive forest filled with towering century-old pines bordered by marshland and the vast but increasingly threatened Ipswich River ecosystem.

In addition to paying the required admission fee here, you’ll receive a trail map, and staff will share the latest information on animal sightings and trail conditions. Once off the visitor center front porch, turn right, following the Rockery sign, and pass between two red wooden buildings, straight ahead into a meadow. Here you may spot some bobolink or eastern bluebirds and tree swallows flittering around the
nesting boxes that have been installed.

©  Steve Mirsky/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Birding, Hiking, Snowshoeing
Nearby City: Topsfield
Distance: 2.7
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 1.5 hours
Best Times: Year-round
Additional Use: Swimming
Local Contacts: Mass Audubon's Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary
Driving Directions: Directions to Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary

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