Saturday, December 17, 2016

Halibut Point State Park


Halibut Point State Park was our first adventure on our Massachusetts trip and it did not disappoint!

View of the quarry (where they extracted granite) 


About
Halibut Point State Park is located in Rockport, Massachusetts. The park offers easy trails with coastal views from the 440 million year old granite that once was a quarry (where they used to extract granite). There is a visitors center but while we were there it was under renovations. From exploring tidepools to enjoying the scenic coastline, Halibut Point State Park is a must while in Cape Ann.
Parking fee: $5 MA vehicle   $6 non-MA vehicle

Coastal views

Grant and Laura with a statue along the trail


Hiking 
The hiking trails at Halibut Point State park are easy and well maintained. It's a short hike to the quarry and then a bit further to a scenic lookout where the coastal views are worth the short walk. The scenic outlook also offers an abundance of tidepools. Exploring the tidepools is slightly more difficult and should be explored cautiously as the rocks do get slippery.

Trail leading to the quarry and scenic lookout

Flowers along the way




Beautiful house along the coast

Tidepools
The tidepools were by far my favorite part of Halibut Point State Park. We had so much fun looking for sea life in each small pool. I could have spent hours adventuring that coastline!

Exploring the tidepools




Halibut Point ended up being the perfect spot to hike and enjoy the beautiful coastal views for a couple of hours. The park was an inexpensive outdoor experience without an overwhelming amount of people. I would highly recommend visiting!


Have you been to this amazing state park? Tell us about it in the comments below! 

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