Eastern Point Wildlife Sanctuary

The sanctuary provides amazing coastal vistas from the parking area and is a hot spot for butterflies and seabirds at particular times of the year. In the fall, migrating monarch butterflies may be seen. Throughout different seasons, look for shorebirds, loons, sea ducks, and other coastal birds in Gloucester Harbor and the Atlantic Ocean. Although the sanctuary does not have a formal trail system, the coastal view is worth the visit. Parking is limited to our lot at the lighthouse. Just a short walk up the road from the parking area is the entrance to the Eastern Point woodlands, which provides a short loop trail through deciduous forest. The woodland entrance is across from a cul de sac named Aileen Terrace. Trails may be wet in spring.


135 Eastern Point Blvd Gloucester, MA 1930

Driving Directions

Take Rt I-95 to Rt 128 north. Take exit 9 (Gloucester) where Rt 128 ends. At the traffic light, continue straight ahead to Eastern Point Boulevard (stone pillars on either side of the road). Take a right onto Eastern Point Boulevard (private way) and follow it to the parking lot by Eastern Point Lighthouse and Dog Bar Breakwater.

Notes & Advisories

Please Note: Eastern Point is a private community. Mass Audubon members are welcome to drive to and explore our sanctuary lands and park in the lot at the Lighthouse. Please have your Mass Audubon membership card available to ensure entry.


  • Natural Resources
  • Parks
  • Wildlife Viewing


  • Parking Available
  • Self-Guided