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Halibut Point State Park

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Walk paths to a seaside setting and around an old granite quarry. Pick up a brochure at the... read more

Reviewed December 10, 2018
Maura K
Hyde Park, New York

A gem on the North Shore. First time at Halibut Point. Dog friendly, and super clean and... read more

Reviewed November 6, 2018
Boston, Massachusetts
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Scramble across ledges scarred by the granite industry and examine tide pools teeming with marine life.more
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Gott Ave, Rockport, MA 01966
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Reviewed December 10, 2018

Walk paths to a seaside setting and around an old granite quarry. Pick up a brochure at the trailhead for the map and the explanations of what you're seeing as you stroll the various paths. Some paths are old roads, others are rougher footpaths. There...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Maura K
Reviewed November 6, 2018

A gem on the North Shore. First time at Halibut Point. Dog friendly, and super clean and beautiful. Parking is very reasonable. You can have a picnic on the rocks and watch the ocean...it truly is a beautiful take. I'll be visiting again soon.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank LorraineAP
Reviewed October 27, 2018

Not a lot to do in Rockport. Take 2/3 hours and hike this State Park, it's a little gem. It's just a few minutes down the road.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Christcompass
Reviewed October 15, 2018

It was a great place to enjoy a walk in the woods. To learn the history about a granite quarry. Nice place to take your dog for a walk. Picnic, , you get close to the water. You pay a small fee.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Eugenia Z
Reviewed October 8, 2018 via mobile

Interesting walk to the ocean and around a granite quarry. Relaxing and easy trails. Parking was expensive at $10 for an out of state car.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Deb I
Reviewed September 23, 2018

Another must see location. You have a history lesson of the quarrying past of the region, the able bodied can scramble on the rocks down by the ocean, and everyone can enjoy the view of the entire region. Don't plan on swimming here, but watch...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank 508EllenCee
Reviewed September 16, 2018

This has some great trails, it is pet friendly but your dog must be leashed! Try to plan sunset there as it is spectacular! There are seasonal restrooms! Bring a picnic and stop on the rocks or one of the picnic tables!

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Goldenmax14
Reviewed September 13, 2018

Learn why its called Rock port while you enjoy a scenic walk and get as close to the ocean as you want. Smooth paths, you can choose whether to do hills by deciding whether to drop down to ocean level. We got sandwiches in Rockport...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank TskMinn
Reviewed September 3, 2018 via mobile

This is one of the most beautiful place you can visit!! I love this place! Don’t miss going to the ocean view from the top! It is just gorgeous. Please don’t miss out this hidden gem in Rockport!

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed August 27, 2018 via mobile

This is one of my favorite places to visit. I tend to come here off season as it gets very busy in the summer months. A nice walk though the woods by the quarry that leads you ocean. There is no swimming here, but it...More

Date of experience: June 2018
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julian b
June 21, 2017|
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Response from lighthouselady63 | Reviewed this property |
I use GPS or Google maps. As mentioned by another, parking is limited due to very small lot. Best go on a week day and even better in the off season!
Jennifer B
May 27, 2017|
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Response from H3914FXamyn | Reviewed this property |
We took our dog at the end of April and didn't have any issues.
Laurie R
August 23, 2016|
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Response from soxskier | Reviewed this property |
Yes, the main trail around the quarry is quite smooth, so most larger jogging strollers (Jeep or Bob-types) would work fine. A smaller umbrella stroller wouldn't work so well. There are smaller side trails and trails that... More
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Everett, Washington
Rockport/Gloucester Day Trip with DOG (2 Replies)
Planning a quick spring day trip here with our pup before the beaches close to dogs. Have a few quick questions for planning our trip. Heading to Halibut Point State Park for a couple of hours. Any trails we should focus on? What are the main areas/streets to walk in Rockport? Also, I know the beaches in Gloucester are off leash for dogs on certain days. Example good harbor beach=even days & wingaersheek=odd days but can you have a leashed dog on good harbor on an even day if...More
April 19, 2016|
Response fromNorthern_Traveler00|
Rockport is all about Bearskin Neck. We were there a couple weekends back and the ratio was pretty much 1 dog/person
Virginia Beach, Virginia
Rockport to Halibut Point State Park (2 Replies)
Is there public transportation from Rockport to Halibut Point State Park? if so, how far is it from the drop off point to the Welcome/ranger Station? also we are interested in visiting the Lobster Pool - is this on the way to the park? We are taking the train from boston, so will not have a car and we are interested in visiting these two places. can someone help with logistics? Thanks!
June 26, 2011|
Response fromRoute128North|
Just want to add to the above good advice that the buses don't run on Sundays (not sure what day you're visiting). Also note that you can flag the bus down anywhere along the route. However, the service is infrequent so it may well be faster to walk to the mile or so to the Lobster Pool from Halibut Point. From the entrance to Halibut Point, it's about a 1/2 mile to the visitors center. Wear good shoes--not flipflops--and be sure to go beyond the quarry out to the ocean, too. Please...More
Boston, MA
Halibut Point State Park Question (7 Replies)
We're thinking of driving up to Halibut Point State Park tomorrow. Since we've never been there, I went on the mass.gov website for info, but now I'm thoroughly confused! It says that it's only open from Memorial Day to Labor Day, but then lists programs in the winter. Plus, I thought I've read posts from people who have visited there year round. Does anyone know if it's open now? Thanks for your help!
May 18, 2012|
Response fromMolly452|
Thank you, ting! I'm excited to go!