Julia Bird Reservation

The Julia Bird Reservation, adjacent to Appleton Farms, is part of an extensive network of protected open space along the Ipswich River throughout Ipswich, Hamilton, Wenham and Topsfield. The 59-acre reservation parallels the railroad tracks and extends out to the banks of the Ipswich River. This Reservation is a good illustration of the effects of different kinds of forest and open field management upon the landscape.


82 Eastern Avenue Ipswich, MA 1938

Driving Directions

From the intersection of Route 1A and Waldingfield Road (a few miles north of Hamilton center and about 1.5 miles south of Ipswich center): Drive down Waldingfield Road until you come to a railway bridge. Just beyond the railway bridge, turn right into a small turnoff. Parking is limited to 2 cars.

Notes & Advisories

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 in the hayfield at the back of the property and Barn Swallows working the front field for insects. 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. Winter offers a great opportunity to cross-county ski or snow-shoe. Look for fisher and otter tracks at the river’s edge and Great Horned Owls in the pines.


  • Natural Resources
  • Parks
  • Wildlife Viewing


  • Dog Friendly
  • Parking Available