Halibut Point State Park, Rockport

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One of Massachusetts' little-known natural treasures, Halibut Point State Park offers hiking trails, picnic areas, and sweeping ocean views. Once the site of a major granite quarry, the site is now completely filled with water. The park contains few trees and an abundance of bayberries, blueberries, and wildflowers. Although the shallow soil and constant winds support limited plant ecosystems, the park shelters varied animal life, including snails, hermit crabs, sea stars, grebes, ducks, and loons. To discover the history of the region's granite-mining past, take a self-guided tour around the former quarry. Visit the website to download or print the park's brochure and a map of its main trails. Use our Rockport vacation builder app to arrange your visit to Halibut Point State Park and other attractions in Rockport.
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  • This is a great place to visit any time of season to see great views of the ocean and a building right off the rock shore. 
    This is a great place to visit any time of season to see great views of the ocean and a building right off the rock shore.  more »
  • We hiked here today , very nice short hike. We hiked around the quarry, then down to the rocky shore at low tide. Great views across the bay to n.h. We then walked up to the rocky overlook , then... 
    We hiked here today , very nice short hike. We hiked around the quarry, then down to the rocky shore at low tide. Great views across the bay to n.h. We then walked up to the rocky overlook , then...  more »
  • A great walk with interesting sites! From the quarry to the ocean views, it was beautiful even on an overcast and rainy day. The lighthouse was a pleasant surprise. 
    A great walk with interesting sites! From the quarry to the ocean views, it was beautiful even on an overcast and rainy day. The lighthouse was a pleasant surprise.  more »
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  • Absolutely freezing this time of year (as to be expected). Don’t go on a windy day in the cold or your bones will start to shiver! Very neat place to visit. The walk down to the “shore” wasn’t to far for us or too steep. By the way you can’t get all the way to the ocean waves because of large rocks. View is really nice. Interesting informational building on site. Parking was easy. Didn’t have to pay when we went. There is also a small lookout which is pretty cool.
  • Really cool spot to experience the coast in a non-beachy way. There's a cool quarry (no swimming allowed) that's a short walk from the entrance and is pretty to walk around. A path brings you to an awesome elevated spot to look out over the ocean and up the north coast. Be prepared for some strong winds! Another path parallels the shore which features a strong surf to wash crash against rocks.
  • Lots of spaces and places to enjoy your me time, or family time. Great scenery. Easy access to the water. Though you not suppose to swim, you can at least dip your legs in the clean and refreshing water. Getting to the ocean, there is a need to maneuver around some brush, stones, and mud but there were elderly doing it, so I am sure those younger can too. Enjoy!
  • Absolutely wonderful place!! Construction kind of ruined it but that can't the helped. I went all the rocks by the sea and it was just lovely. Though I wish the trails were marked a little more! It was confusing getting back up cause of the overgrown brush. Edit: Came back here during the winter and it's such a different experience. Trails were quite icy but kind of easier, if that makes sense. It was good exercise as I was recovering from Bronchitis at the time and needed the fresh air. Ran into nobody there, which was nice. That part with the lake surrounded by rocks, I was sooo tempted to see if I could walk on it as it was thick enough to hold me, but I didn't wanna risk anything. Probably would've been fine though.
  • !!!!!!! Even terrain and easy walking near the quarry. The ocean paths take a bit more agility and are not close to being flat. The Ricky shore is a great place to find a rock and just relax. Bring a picnic and plenty to drink.

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