Nature Trails

Editors’ Choice

Maudslay State Park, Newburyport

Standout Qualities: The perfect place to take a Sunday stroll with the family, Maudslay State Park offers 480 acres of parkland used for hiking, biking, and horseback riding.  

What’s Unique: Miles of carriage roads and walking trails crisscross throughout the property, over stone arch bridges, past a flowering reflection pond, and through spectacular fields and meadows.

insider tip: The park is the winter home to a large population of American bald eagles. A section along the Merrimack River is closed off during the winter months to protect their wintering habitat.

74 Curzon Mill Rd., Newburyport, 978-465-7223,


Readers’ Choice 

Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, topsfield

Standout Qualities: The Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, located in Topsfield, is the Massachusetts Audubon Society’s largest wildlife sanctuary and offers more than 12 miles of interconnecting trails that invite you to explore forests, meadows, and wetlands.

Fun Fact: Much of the sanctuary’s 2,800-acre landscape was created by a glacier 15,000 years ago.

87 Perkins Row, Topsfield, 978-887-9264,