Ipswich River Trail is a hiking trail in Topsfield, Massachusetts. It is 0.5 miles long and begins at 105 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 0.9 miles with a total elevation gain of 93 feet. Parking Lot and another parking, Bradstreet Hill (elevation 105 feet), and the Visitors Center information office are near the trailhead. There are also restrooms.
Ipswich River Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"Hike a wide path through this forest, circling a pond on your way to the Rockery. Children will have fun exploring the maze of paths, bridges, and tunnels."
--Michael Tougias, AMC's Best Day Hikes Near Boston (Appalachian Mountain Club 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, Best Hikes with Kids: Connecticut, Massachusetts, & Rhode Island (The Mountaineers Books).
"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."
--Benjamin B. Ames, Hiking Massachusetts (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, Best Hikes Near Boston (Falcon Guides).
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