Mature Forests, River Outlook & Rich Wildlife Habitat
Julia Bird Reservation | Ipswich
Property Description & History
An extensive network of protected fields, forest and trails along the Ipswich River provides a great place to discover how forest and field management affect the landscape. The forest in the front area is organically rich bottomland that supports mature swamp white oak, red oak and red maple, including some trees with a diameter of nearly four feet.
As you walk further into the property, you will enter an open forest area that has been managed for timber.
Adjacent to Appleton Farm, it is part of an extensive network of protected open space along the Ipswich River throughout Ipswich, Hamilton, Wenham and Topsfield.
Flora & Fauna
The forest at the trailhead is organically rich bottomland that supports mature swamp white oak, red oak and maple.
A meandering and lovely hemlock-shaded stretch of frontage on the Ipswich River provides relief on a hot summer day and a beautiful overlook of the river as its reward. In winter, the forest is a great destination to cross-country ski and snowshoe.
In the early spring you’ll find vernal pools formed in the woods, creating the perfect breeding conditions for salamanders. You’ll also see Eastern Bluebirds and Barn Swallows. In the summer breeding season, the mature forest canopy is alive with a variety of birds, including Northern Flickers, and Black-and-White Warblers. In the fall, you’ll see green darner dragonflies staged for migration. Look for fisher and otter tracks at the river’s edge and Great Horned Owls in the pines.
From Route 128/Exit 20/Route 1A North: Go north on Route 1A. In 7.0 miles, turn left onto Waldingfield Road. Trailhead and parking are 0.3 miles ahead on the right, just after the railroad bridge.
From intersection of Route 133 and Route 1A in Ipswich: Go south/east on Route 133/1A. In 4.0 miles, bear right to continue on Route 1A south. In 0.9 miles after Route 133 and Route 1A split, turn right onto Waldingfield Road. Trailhead and parking are 0.3 miles ahead on the right, just after the railroad bridge.
Just beyond the railway bridge, turn right into a small turnoff. Parking is limited to 2 cars.
Tell us about your visit.
Town: Ipswich Total Acres: 59 Year Conserved: 1972 Difficulty: Easy
Greenbelt is grateful to several professional and staff photographers whose work is featured prominently within our website.
Thank you Jerry Monkman / ecophotography.com, Lynne Holton, Kindra Clineff, Adrian Scholes and John Raleigh.