Nevins Bird Sanctuary

Nevins Bird Sanctuary photo
Pine Street or Hampshire Street
Methuen, MA 01844

The Nevins Bird Sanctuary, once part of the Nevins Family Estate was part of the bequest to the City of Methuen, when the last heir of the Nevins family Harriet F. B. Nevins passed away. Harriet was a lifelong champion of animals and nature. Once widely known and beloved, this little park tucked away in a corner of the city nearly forgotten until now. The Sanctuary is framed by the the Spicket River and Rt. 213. The Methuen Rail Trail bisects the 18 acre sanctuary almost evenly, but the birds and wildlife also make the many acres of adjoining conservation wetlands their home. Species of Note: Red Tail Hawk, Great Blue Heron, Green Heron, American Bittern, Killdeer, Spotted Sandpiper, Wood Duck, Mallard, Hairy and Downy Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Chimney Swift, American Goldfinch, Eastern Kingbird, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Cedar Waxwing; occasionally Great Egret, Great Horned Owl, Black Duck, Cormorant and Osprey. Habitats: Woodland, Marsh, Riverbank Size: over 18 acres, town-owed, bordering many more acres of conservation lands.


Dawn to Dusk

Driving Directions: 

Follow Rt I-93 to exit 47 (Pelham Street). Follow Pelham Street towards downtown Methuen. At Five Corners intersection, take slight left onto Lowell Street, and first left onto Pine Stet. Continue to the end of Pine Street. Parking is available along the railbed.

Site Notes & Advisories: 

No facilities at this location. Town owned parcel bisected by the Methuen Rail Trail and bordering the Spicket River. Trails are overgrown and sometimes interrupted by trees downed by active beaver. Many waterfowl, marsh and shorebirds can be better viewed from the water. A Great Blue Heron rookery on the Spicket River can be best viewed from a point on the rail trail a quarter mile north from the Sanctuary. Beware poison ivy and deer ticks. Improvements to trail access is planned.


  • Birding
  • Natural Resources
  • Parks

Property Owner/Organization: 

City of Methuen
Essex Coastal Scenic Byway
Rail Trail
Rail Trail Trailhead