More than half of the land in Ipswich is open space, protected by its proximity to the ocean, environmental restrictions, the town of Ipswich, Massachusetts state forest land, and the Trustees of Reservations. The town has over a hundred miles of trails open to the public!
The Essex County Greenbelt is the largest land conservator in Essex County and has protected over 14,000 acres through partnerships with local communities and land owners.
The Bay Circuit Trail is a 200 mile recreation trail and greenway corridor extending through 34 towns in Eastern Massachusetts from Duxbury through Ipswich to Plum Island.
Appleton Farms: Rolling grasslands, grazing livestock, stone walls, and historic farm buildings are part of this pastoral landscape. A gift of Colonel Francis R. Appleton Jr. and his wife Joan, Appleton Farms is one of the oldest continuously operating farms in the country, and is now owned by the Trustees of Reservations
Castle Neck Dune Trails There are five miles of marked trails through the dunes at
Crane Beach, a sunny warm treat in the winter months. The due trails begin at the far right side of the Crane Beach parking lot where a small bridge takes you to the first of several trail forks.
Choate Island is part of the Crane Wildlife Refuge. The island’s footpaths lead to historic structures and views of the dunes and Plum Island. Accessible only by kayak or boat, and by ferry at the annual Choate Island Day.
Crane Beach is one of the finest beaches and outdoor recreation destinations on the East Coast, offering several miles of beautiful sand along its clean, inviting water.
Dow/Bull Brook Reservoirs and Dow Brook Conservation Area accessed at 326 High Street, adjacent to White Farms Ice Cream or from the Veterans Memorial athletic field on Mile Lane.
The Great Neck Conservation Area includes two parcels adjacent to Clark Pond for public access with an elevated walkway and overlook platform.
Greenwood Farm: Open fields cleared by generations of farmers, a stand of trees, and a view of the marsh.
The Hamlin Reservation is a former coastal farmland and now welcomes visitors to a broad salt marsh and a dike path that leads to a loop trail around Eagle Island.
Ipswich Center to Crane Beach Recreational Trail is a proposed 4′ wide stone dust trail along scenic Argilla Road in Ipswich MA which will connect the commuter rail station in the center of town to beautiful Crane Beach. Constructed within the Argilla Road right-of-way, it will provide a passive recreation route for walkers, naturalists, joggers, and slow-speed cyclists.
The Julia Bird Reservation is located on the north side of Waldingfield Road just west of the railway bridge. Hiking, horseback riding, nature study and snow-shoeing , and dogs on leashes are permitted.
Linebrook Woods is a 77.56 acre parcel under the custody of the Conservation Commission. An interior trail connecting link of the Bay Circuit Trail connects northerly into the Ipswich Country Club, and connects with Willowdale State Forest.
Nichols Field is 13 acres near the Gould’s Creek Bridge on Labor in Vain Road.
New England Biolabs shares 117 acres of the former Proctor Estate. One of the great estates properties in Ipswich, the former Proctor Estate. The property is privately owned, open to the public to enjoy the open landscapes and diverse wildlife.
Ross Property, Paradise Road in Ipswich
Sandy Point State Reservation
is a 77-acre park at the very southern tip of Plum Island. Although part of the town of Ipswich, access is through the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge from Newbury MA.
Shady Creek Conservation Area is 44 acres of woodlands and wetlands along the Ipswich River and contingent to the commuter rail line, accessible from the end of Colonial Drive.
Sidney Shurcliff River Walk is a pleasant short walk along the Ipswich River from the County St. bridge to Town Hall.
Steep Hill is adjacent to Crane Beach and Crane Castle, with trails leading to Cedar Point on the Ipswich Bay.
on Jeffreys Neck Road is 91 acres just before Ocean Drive
The Turkey Hill Conservation Area consists entirely of mature upland deciduous forest and includes the summit of Turkey Hill, the highest undeveloped point in Ipswich.
Turner Hill permits walks around the golf course in the off season.
Willowdale Mill is the site of a 19th century textile mill just off of Topsfield Rd. The surrounding woods are dotted with white pine, with fine broad paths carpeted in layers of pine needles for walking or horseback riding.
Willowdale State Forest offers 40 miles of trails, plus fishing and boating on 100 acre Hood Pond.