If you seek easy hiking trails with panoramic ocean views in a crowd-free environment, then Halibut Point State Park is the hidden spot for you.
Halibut Point State Park is located on Cape Ann in Rockport and is the Massachusetts nature escape you’ve been searching for. Here, you’ll have the opportunity to walk across 440 million-year-old granite. Then, encounter ocean life- such as snails, hermit crabs, and starfish in the park’s crystal clear tide pools.Visitors also enjoy picnicking on the rocky ledges which overlook the sea. In fact, some visitors have claimed that on a clear day, they can see Maine across the water. Unfortunately, swimming and camping are prohibited at the park.
Hikers frequent the state park out of admiration for its various trails, breathtaking ocean views and even the park’s abundance of beautiful wild flowers. Halibut Point State Park is not only a popular spot for hikers but for avid Bird Watchers. Throughout the year, the park host various bird watching events put on by park rangers and expert bird watchers. The events attract large groups of people and could make for an educational family outing.
Halibut Point State Park is rich with history. Before becoming a reservation at the turn of the 20th century, the park had been a granite quarry. According to Trustees.org, The former Babson Farm quarry “paved thousands of city streets and built bridges, tunnels, monuments, warehouses, and buildings, such as Boston’s Custom House Tower.”
Halibut Point State Park is the perfect inexpensive daytime activity. The only cost to visitors is parking ($5 MA vehicles, $6 Non-MA vehicles).
The park is open every day from sunrise to sunset. So, you’ll have plenty of time to explore the park and possibly meet the park’s resident beaver!
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