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Halibut Point State Park

September 16, 2013
Halibut Point State Park quarry.

A view of the Babson Farm Quarry and beyond.

History With A View

Halibut Point State park is located on Gott Avenue in Rockport, Massachusetts. Once home to a large granite-quarrying operation around the turn of the 20th century, the park is now cooperatively managed by The Trustees of Reservations and the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Management.

A Great Place to Explore

Featuring 2.5 miles of trails and a rocky coastline overlooking some dramatic surf, the park is a wonderful place to explore. Bird watchers get a diverse eyeful year round — including loons, grebes and a variety of ducks. Tidal pools delight visitors with harbor snails, hermit crabs, and sea stars. Hikers enjoy climbing the rocky ledges and traversing the trails, while everyone shares an appreciation for the scenic vistas.

Visitor Center

The park’s Visitor Center is housed in a renovated World War II fire-control tower near the edge of the Babson Farm Quarry. This 60-foot tall structure offers a panoramic view that includes Crane Beach in Ipswich, Massachusetts, Mount Agamenticus in Maine, and the Isles of Shoals off the coast of New Hampshire.

Admission

Halibut Point State Park is open year round from sunrise to sunset. A small parking fee is charged year round. Admission is FREE for Trustees members (proof of membership required), and also for pedestrians and bicyclists.

Self-guided Tour

On weekends from Memorial Day through Columbus day, tours of the quarry are offered by staff and volunteers.

A self-guided walking tour brochure is also available for download by clicking here.

For a closer view of the park’s map, click here.

Note: Dogs must be kept on a leash at all times.

Photo Info:

Camera:  Nikon D300
Lens:  Nikkor 18-200 mm
Exif Data:  ISO 200, 22mm, f/5.6, 1/800 sec.

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