Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary Loop
ElevationAscent: 141' 43 m
Descent: -140' -43 m
High: 109' 33 m
Low: 35' 11 m
GradeAvg Grade: 1% (1°)
Max Grade: 8% (5°)
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“A short loop at a birding hotspot through open fields and forest, around ponds, and across buzzing marshland.”— Zander Göpfert
This loop run heads north from the Visitor Center to the Rock Grotto and Rockery Pond Loop before continuing along Mile Brook toward Fox Field and returning along the Ipswich River with a visit to the Waterfowl Pond before heading back up Bradstreet Hill.
Continuing along this recommended run, head back to the Waterfowl Pond Trail, this time heading left (east) through the marshland toward the Waterfowl Pond and bridge. Turn left onto Mile Brook Trail at the bridge and head north through the woods separating Hassocky Meadow to the east and Mill Pond to the west.
Look to the right (east) for the White Pine Loop, which you can take immediately or continue to the north a few hundred yards more toward Fox Field and then head back to the right (southeast) along the eastern half of the loop. Continue onto Averill's Island Loop as it heads toward the namesake Ipswich River before returning to the Waterfowl Pond.
To explore new trails on the final stretch back to the parking area, head left (south) onto the Stone Bridge Trail to link up with Bradstreet Lane. Or to lengthen your run, continue south to visit the Wisteria Arbor, Observation Tower, and Vernal Pool.
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Land Manager: Mass Audubon - Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary