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Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary is a Mass Audubon property in Topsfield, Massachusetts. The land consists of swamps and marshes, meadows, drumlins, pines, and other various forest.

You'll find many boardwalks weaving through the swamps, and over ten miles of trails through the property. The trails are mostly moderate and flat, but the views through the pines and across the marshes are wonderful.

We spotted many birds of course, but also some turtles, red squirrels, chipmunks and the evidence of beavers. Near the entrance, there is a lookout tower that'll give you a great view of the swamp.

Camping is also available to Mass Audubon members on Perkins Island in the sanctuary, along with canoe rentals. Or you can rent a small, rustic cabin for a night.


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