Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary Trail

EASY 83 reviews

Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary Trail is a 4.1 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Topsfield, Massachusetts that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
4.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
262 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

kid friendly

birding

camping

canoeing

hiking

snowshoeing

walking

cross country skiing

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

muddy

no dogs

The sanctuary is open to the public dawn to dusk only. Please be aware this is private property and respect for the rules is appreciated. These trails are only for hiking, not for running and no bikes. Very peaceful. Walk around this short loop to find yourself on wooden paths that will take you past several water bodies and through some beautiful woods where chickadees will readily land on your hand for bird feed that is available from dispensers on the trail. You'll also check out a cool rock grotto that children can explore around. Keep your eye out for turtles in the water!

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1 month ago

Really cool, a lot of character for one hike. Decent length.

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backpacking
2 months ago

2 months ago

we love all the wildlife we get to see here. plant variety is beautiful too! Trail is easy but so fun.

hiking
3 months ago

3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

Very cool spot. Nice walkways over water with beautiful views as well as wooded trails. Saw 3 deer (1 baby), a fox, a snake, butterflies and more. Dogs not allowed. Didn't realize this and the groundskeeper let us bring our dog in as long as we picked up after it. Great experience.

walking
3 months ago

Very peaceful walk and lots of wildlife to see. Beautiful lily pads and ponds all over. The end of Averills island loop had some broken boardwalk that sunk into the mud. I had to walk on fallen branches to make it through. Most of the waterfowl pond trail was under water. Just beware of those spots.

hiking
3 months ago

Well-maintained trails, beautiful scenery, quiet, peaceful, with lots of birds and other wildlife (including ticks--bring repellent!).

hiking
3 months ago

3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

birding
3 months ago

A wonderful trail system with up-close bird encounters, man made rock formations, wooden bridges, and plenty of wildlife. Spotted red squirrels, nuthatches, blue jays, herons, and a flock of cedar waxwings on the mulberry tree, just to name a few.

hiking
3 months ago