Marblehead Neck Wildlife Sanctuary

Marblehead Neck is a peninsula that forms the east side of Marblehead Harbor. The 3.5 mile circular drive offers beautiful views of Marblehead Harbor and the Atlantic Ocean. Marblehead Light and Hovey Park are on the northern tip. Marblehead Neck Wildlife Sanctuary is located in the center of the “Neck” a peninsula that extends into Massachusetts Bay. Its swamp, thickets, and woodlands are a haven for migratory birds, especially warblers, during the spring and fall migrations. This sanctuary is a mecca for birders; the discovery of rarities is not uncommon.


10 Risley Rd Marblehead, MA 1945

Driving Directions

Take Rt I-95 to Rt 128 to exit 25 (Rt 114). Follow Rt 114 east through Peabody and Salem into Marblehead. In Marblehead, continue through three sets of traffic lights. At the next traffic light (at the fire station), turn right onto Ocean Avenue. Go straight through the next traffic light and continue past Devereaux Beach on your right and across the causeway onto Marblehead Neck. At the end of the causeway, stay to the right (while still on Ocean Avenue). Follow Ocean Avenue another 0.5 miles and take a left onto Risley Road. The sanctuary is at the end of Risley Road, and parking is to the left.

Notes & Advisories


  • Natural Resources
  • Parks
  • Wildlife Viewing


  • Appropriate for all ages
  • Parking Available