Castle Neck River Reservation (ECGA)

About this Location

Take in sweeping views at the top of the knoll from the all-access portion of the trail. The trails beyond explore hayfields, woodlands, and salt marsh along the tidal Castle Neck River in Ipswich.

Wide swaths of prime farmland soils support active hayfields – home to nesting Bobolinks and Eastern Meadowlarks from May through July. The fields transition to woods, and eventually to the tidal Castle Neck River headwaters, where you can find feeding herons, egrets, and waterfowl. Part of the Great Marsh, this property was identified as an important climate-resilient parcel by The Nature Conservancy.

From the knoll, looking to the north, the view expands across Maplecroft Farm, all the way to Heartbreak Hill. Looking to the south, in the distance are the white pines atop Willow Hill at the Donovan Reservation in Hamilton.

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