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“One of Cape Ann's Natural Treasures”

Halibut Point State Park
Ranked #1 of 33 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 March 17, 2013

One crisp autumn day, we stopped at this park on a day-long loop tour of Cape Ann and the Gloucester area. We parked in a spacious lot and paid a fee of $2. An old World War II fire control tower served as the park's Visitors Center. Inside were informative exhibits of the park's natural and cultural history. Granite was quarried from this area for nearly 90 years. One of the quarries has become a rather scenic pond. Wonderful broad trails led around it and off toward the wave-wracked shore. At one trail’s end, we could see as far away as Mount Agamenticus and the Isles of Shoals in Maine. The setting was beautiful and serene. Be sure to bring a camera! We liked everything about our brief visit here.

Thank mainemountainbear
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Reviewed March 13, 2013

Have visited this park often and it is a favorite spot to take visiting guests. Beautiful rambles around the old quarry and stunning ocean views. Plenty to experience for the active hiker and easy enough areas to wander in for the casual rambler. Highly recommend.

Thank Cathy T
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Reviewed February 25, 2013

This state park has 2 really interesting aspects to it. It is the site of a former stone quarry. You can walk around the quarry and learn a bit about the way quarrying was done many years ago. After you finish your walk, head through the woods to visit the ocean. You have to clamber down over stones and there really isn't a good beach, but lots of people love to sit there to take in the ocean, get some sun, or have a picnic. A great way to spend a sunny afternoon, especially in the summer.

Thank falmouth3
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Reviewed January 23, 2013

Just a beautiful spot. A trail follows along the top of an old quarry and then continues down to the ocean where you can sit by tidal pools. Watch out for some poison ivy.

Thank dpinto100
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Reviewed January 23, 2013

The highest ocean overlook around, 100 feet up at the very edge of the water, with 270 degree view of the ocean around into Ipswich Bay. In clear weather Mt. Agamenticus in Maine is visible, as are the isles of Shoals, 17 miles distant off the New Hampshire coast.

Thank MylesStandish
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