Halibut Point State Park, Rockport

4.8
#1 of 17 in Parks in Cape Ann
State Park · Hidden Gem · Wildlife Area
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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  • We were lucky enough to have perfect fall weather for our hike through the Park to the rocky coastline. Don't miss the opportunity to enjoy the sea views and the scattered rocks and the gorgeous...  more »
  • very unique site - walking trails are very easy, the quarry is a great site, includes trails overlooking the ocean with stunning long-distance views, and trails down to the water - but, be careful...  more »
  • Fantastic park and must see views. $20 parking fee for out-of-staters is a little steep. Trails are for the sure-footed.  more »
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  • Beautiful and interesting park. Next to the rocky shore is an old quarry with an easy walking trail marked with historical and other information about the quarry process. There is also a fun search for kids and/or adults with a "treasure map" which can be found at the information booth in the parking lot. You can walk down to the ocean here, not so easy a walk as the rest of the trail, but worth the effort. Kiosk to pay for parking. Helpful park staff
  • Great place for a walk. Can bring dogs on leash. Beautiful scenery. Walk around lake in old granite pit and walk down to beach. You can also walk to overlook for beautiful ocean view
  • Beautiful approach to the ocean. Sitting on the granite rocks really gets one grounded, and the surf with the passing ships are just added beauty. The quarry is interesting. There was a dance troupe practicing their weekly performance.
  • Gorgeous views, easy hikes, you can walk down to the ocean, fish and picnic. It is a pack in, pack out park so bring bags for your trash. The visitor center is under renovation so the only restrooms are portapotties by the parking area. Parking fills fast, so early morning or afternoon are best times for visit.
  • Absolutely gorgeous park! Rock quarry was really cool. Fair warning there are no restrooms, they have port-a-pottys but the day we went it was 91 degrees and FELT LIKE 100! So as you can imagine they didn't smell very good. But other than that my son and I had a really good time.

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