Hamlin Reservation

Hamlin Reservation’s gently rolling fields and marsh meadows – today home to bobolinks and small mammals – were once active farmland. A historic dike was created to connect Eagle Island with the mainland so livestock could graze the island’s pastures. Today the island is covered by a white pine, oak, and hickory forest. A short loop trail circles the island, revealing remnants of old stone walls that were built along the perimeter of the island. The Reservation’s extensive salt marsh, drained by the Labor-In-Vain Creek, provides habitat for a wide variety of fish and invertebrates and supports many wading birds, such as glossy ibis and snowy and American egrets. Hamlin Reservation represents one of the least disturbed parts of the entire 25,000-acre Great Marsh.


219 County Road Ipswich, MA 1983

Driving Directions

From the South From Route 128 (exit 20A), follow Route 1A north for 8 miles to Ipswich. Turn right onto Route 133 east and follow for 1.5 miles Turn left onto Northgate Road and follow for 0.5 mi. Turn left onto Argilla Road and follow for 0.2 miiles to entrance and parking (10 cars) on right.

Notes & Advisories

For a trail map visit www.ttor.org. Open year round, sunrise to sunset. Hiking, cross-country skiing, birding, no dogs allowed. Seasonal hunting permitted.


  • Great Marsh
  • Historic Resources
  • Natural Resources
  • Parks
  • Wildlife Viewing


  • Parking Available
  • Self-Guided