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“State Park outside Rockport”

Halibut Point State Park
Ranked #1 of 34 things to do in Rockport
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: Yes
Owner description: Scramble across ledges scarred by the granite industry and examine tide pools teeming with marine life.
Reviewed September 17, 2012

This spot has a beautiful view of the ocean and an easy hiking trail. Also at $2 a day, it's one of the only places you are allowed to park in the entire Cape Ann area.

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Reviewed September 14, 2012

I loved everything, disliked nothing. The old Quarry was very interesting. Definitely take a good camera for shots of the beautiful seacoast. Unfortunately we did not see any seals but they can be seen there. The trails were all well groomed and the walk in was cool and pleasant. I could easily imagine how it was when the first settlers came to Cape Ann for all the vegetaion is preserved.

Thank seri4509
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Reviewed September 13, 2012

Halibut Point is located right off Rt. 127 in the northeast corner of Rockport, about 5 minutes from downtown. It's essentially a walking path surrounding an old granite quarry. Once you get about halfway around the quarry, you can take a path down to the ocean. There isn't a beach, but at low tide, there are lots of tidal pools and plenty of flat rock to walk on. We found all sorts of creatures in the tidal pools - crabs, shrimp, mussels, clams, snails... It was a great walk.

At the visitor's center, you can pick up a pamphlet for a self-guided tour. Restrooms are also at the visitor's center. Parking is $2 (cash or credit). A word of caution for those with small children - there isn't any railing around the quarry, just a lot of warning signs. You definitely need to keep an eye on little ones.

Thank Matthew C
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Reviewed September 4, 2012

This was the perfect place to hike during Labor Day weekend. Great scenic views of the quarry itself with the waves crashing and the rocks seen around the landscape. The hike trail itself is relatively flat with some rocks and roots in the way but nothing really strenuous. When you do make your way down to the water's edge, sitting on the huge boulders feels like instant relaxation. Looking at the rock formations, the ocean water, and the birds flying makes you feel in touch with Mother Nature. No bugs, no mess, just nature at it's best. I would definitely recommend people try this spot at least once.

Thank susanna_banan
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Reviewed September 1, 2012

This is a wonderful park that give a lot of insight into Rockport's history and environment. There are great views of the of the ocean.

Spend the time and go see this park!

Thank Robert S
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