Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary Trail

Topsfield, Massachusetts

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The good news: the sanctuary’s famed Rockery, a series of stone stairways, tunnels, and bridges built by the property’s wealthy owners nearly a century ago, will make this hike unforgettable for the kids. The bad news: once they begin having fun exploring this intricate maze of precisely placed boulders, they may want to end the hike right there! But it’s well worth whatever cajoling it may take to get them to continue. Within the sanctuary’s 2400 acres are more than 20 miles of hiking trails with features nearly as enticing: boardwalks, rustic bridges, wildflower gardens, and unusual oriental trees and plants. You may even meet up with a snake or a turtle.
Best Hikes with Kids: Connecticut, Massachusetts, & Rhode Island

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Best Hikes with Kids: Connecticut, Massachusetts, & Rhode Island

by Cynthia Copeland, Thomas J. Lewis, & Emily Kerr (The Mountaineers Books)

The good news: the sanctuary’s famed Rockery, a series of stone stairways, tunnels, and bridges built by the property’s wealthy owners nearly a century ago, will make this hike unforgettable for the kids. The bad news: once they begin having fun exploring this intricate maze of precisely placed boulders, they may want to end the hike right there! But it’s well worth whatever cajoling it may take to get them to continue.

Within the sanctuary’s 2400 acres are more than 20 miles of hiking trails with features nearly as enticing: boardwalks, rustic bridges, wildflower gardens, and unusual oriental trees and plants. You may even meet up with a snake or a turtle.

©  Cynthia Copeland, Thomas J. Lewis, & Emily Kerr/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Topsfield
Distance: 3
Elevation Gain: 50 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 2 hours
Season: April to November
Local Contacts: Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, Massachusetts Audubon Society
Local Maps: USGS Salem
Driving Directions: Directions to Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary Trail

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Apr 2018