December 4, 2023


Discover these three hikes beneficial by Mass Audobon.

The Rockery Path at Mass Audobon Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary in Topsfield. Ipswich Wildlife Sanctuary

The North Shore is a wonderful place for mountaineering as a result of its number of habitats, mentioned Carole McCauley, regional director of Mass Audobon North Shore.

“There’s conventional New England forest land,” McCauley mentioned. “And a considerable portion of the North Shore contains landscapes which might be influenced by our proximity to the ocean — so tidal creeks and the Plum Island Sound and the estuaries.”

Mass Audobon is the biggest nature-based conservation group in New England. 

Forward, McCauley recommends three nice mountaineering trails at North Shore Mass Audobon properties.

Rockery Path at Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary in Topsfield

For a novel, family-friendly hike involving rocks, head to the Rockery Path at Ispwich River Wildlife Sanctuary, McCauley mentioned.

The 1/2-mile path, the most well-liked hike on the sanctuary, includes a rockery constructed by Thomas Emerson Proctor in 1905.

The rockery is “a big stone construction you could climb to the highest of and you too can stroll by just a little tunnel beneath it,” McCauley mentioned.

The huge straightforward path, which is nice for all ages, is close to a pond, McCauley mentioned.

“The pond and the adjoining river is prime beaver habitat,” she mentioned. “And so it’s nearly inconceivable to not encounter the presence of beavers.”

The path provides loads of selection, she mentioned.

“You’re strolling over boardwalks in some sections to get right down to the Rockery and this pond space,” she mentioned.

The sanctuary additionally has a nature heart, restrooms, an outdoor nature play space, and picnic tables, she mentioned.

The panoramic views are gorgeous at Tough Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary, McCauley mentioned, and guests can’t go unsuitable on Professor Chandler’s Lengthy Stroll, she mentioned.

“It’s simply exceptionally scenic,” she mentioned. “There’s this huge vista of open sky and salt marsh.”

The .65-mile straightforward path is nice for all ages and ideal for chicken watchers, she mentioned.

“It takes you proper out into the salt marsh on trails the place you’ll be able to expertise the Nice Marsh, which is the biggest salt marsh in New England,” McCauley mentioned. “At the moment of yr, specifically, it’s simply completely gorgeous with greens, and golds, and reds.”

Guests can look out throughout the salt marsh at Plum Island and the Parker River Nationwide Wildlife Refuge, McCauley mentioned.

The path is known as after Professor Alfred D. Chandler, Jr., who donated a lot of the land.

Hikers ought to plan accordingly as a result of the salt marsh portion of the path floods at excessive tide, in accordance with Mass Audobon.

Woodland Loop at Cedar Pond Wildlife Sanctuary in Wenham

Mass Audobon simply opened its sixteenth universally accessible path — and the primary on the North Shore — at Cedar Pond Wildlife Sanctuary, McCauley mentioned.

The path known as Woodland Loop.

These All Individuals Trails are ADA compliant and embody universally accessible interpretive options. Guests can count on handrails, braille and tactile options, wildlife viewing boardwalks and platforms, audio tour stops, seating, and extra, in accordance with Mass Audobon.

“The path has a rope fence that borders it for its entirety, so in case you have low or no imaginative and prescient you’ll be able to observe alongside together with your hand,” McCauley mentioned.

The .09-mile path provides a loop by deciduous and pine forest and opens as much as a small meadow on the midpoint.

“A few of the indicators may have tactile parts the place somebody with low or no imaginative and prescient can really feel what a pine cone seems like,” McCauley mentioned.

The path is straightforward and nice for all ages, she mentioned.