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Halibut Point State Park, Rockport

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State Park
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. Take a look at our Rockport trip itinerary builder to schedule your visit to Halibut Point State Park and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • After hubby & I strolled around Rockport center, we continued up coast to an amazing place that overlooks the ocean. Appears its a local gem and hidden secret on the tip of Cape Ann. There's a small p...  more »
  • I'm honesty speechless the sun set is unbelievably beautiful , serene takes all the noise out of your head It's a place to glorify God & appreciate his mighty  more »
  • I had been many times to Gloucester and Cape Ann and never came across this park until friends of mine took me there for a picnic and a hike. I was so surprised to see the beauty of this park. The sun...  more »
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  • Educational self guided tour. Plenty to do and see for the entire family. Great scenery all year round. An easy hike around the query. Plenty of wild life around and in the tide pools.
  • A terrific hiking, running, or swimming spot. The Halibut Point State Park is a beautiful location located on the ocean with scenic views. It is also the site of a historic granite quarry which has been filled in by rain and a natural spring. Its a great place to spend an afternoon!
  • Wow was I surprised. The quarry was cool. The rocks leading down to the ocean were beautiful. It was a very hot calm day so we could actually sit on the rocks and put your feet in the water. Plenty of places to sunbathe on the flat boulders.
  • A short walk transports you to a tranquil seaside setting full of colorful tidal pools. There still remains signs of the old stone harvesting industry. If you look closely, you will find short pieces of straw in cracks where they used the power of expanding straw to split the rock into sheets. The quarry is really cool, a large pool of fresh water, just feet from the vast crashing ocean. Quite a setting with literally thousands of great photo opportunities. Pack a lunch, bring a friend or a group of kids. There is plenty to see & do for hours. Oh, wear strap on sandals, hiking boots, tennis shoes, but skip the flip flops, they will only impair your explorations.
  • Beautiful park to hike in. Scenery's beautiful. Self trails easy to follow. Water looks gorgeous. Overall great place to take you and family/friends.