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Halibut Point Loop

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Experience sweeping views of the Atlantic coast, tide pools, and a typical granite quarry once used in the 19th century.


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Map Key

1.1

Miles

1.7

KM

99%

Runnable

95' 29 m

High

57' 17 m

Low

50' 15 m

Up

50' 15 m

Down

2%

Avg Grade (1°)

4%

Max Grade (2°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Views

Memorial Day - Labor Day: 8 am - 9 pm; Off season: sunrise - sunset

Overview

Though small in acreage, Halibut Point State Park provides an all-encompassing experience of the Cape Ann coastline. This lollipop-style loop heads from the main parking area into the park toward the old fire tower and Visitor's Center, around Babson Farm Quarry, and out to the main viewpoint before returning along the other side of the quarry.

Need to Know

Parking fee from Memorial Day weekend through October 3: MA resident $5; Non-MA resident $10. The trails around the quarry and the land to the west are managed by the DCR as part of the State Park while the trails and land to the east are managed by the Trustees.

Runner Notes

Not a lot of distance available but a beautiful area to explore.

Description

From Rte. 127, turn onto Gott Ave and look for the parking area on the righthand side (south). After paying the parking fee (Memorial Day weekend - October 31), head north back toward Gott Ave, looking for the Halibut Point Overlook Trail which heads into the park. Following the trail through the woods, you'll arrive at the old fire tower and Visitor's Center at the south side of Babson Farm Quarry.

This run heads around the quarry in a counter-clockwise direction, though variations are possible and all trails can be traveled in any direction.

From the north side of the quarry, find the wide spur that continues north toward the shoreline where you'll find sweeping views across the ocean and north along the Massachusetts and New Hampshire coastlines. On a clear day, visitors can spot Mt. Agamenticus, 80+ miles north in York, Maine. Beware of shifting rocks and observe all signage.

Loop back around the quarry or head out in a different direction to explore more of the surrounding area before returning to the Visitor's Center and the main parking area.

History & Background

Part of the Cape Ann granite industry, which peaked in the 19th century to become the second-largest industry behind fishing.

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Shared By:

Amber Scott

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Sunset, Halibut Point
Feb 11, 2020 near Rockport, MA
Halibut Point lighthouse
Feb 11, 2020 near Rockport, MA
Abandoned quarry at Halibut Point
Feb 11, 2020 near Rockport, MA
Purple Sandpiper
Feb 11, 2020 near Rockport, MA
Halibut Point State Park
Feb 11, 2020 near Rockport, MA
Snowy Owl
Feb 11, 2020 near Rockport, MA

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