where wonder happens
Agassiz Rock
northeast Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA
143 acres

Ascend a small hill to where a massive granite monolith left by the last glacier juts into the sky, then pass a swamp where another huge boulder has sat as silent witness for millennia.

What makes Agassiz Rock a special place?
Big and Little Agassiz Rocks are dramatic examples of giant boulders plucked from bedrock and carried far away by the last glacier. A short loop trail leads you up Beaverdam Hill where Little Agassiz Rock emerges as a giant granite monolith silhouetted against the sky. A short distance away, other boulders lie perched on the edge of this glaciated upland. Below, in a small shrub swamp, rests 30-foot-tall Big Agassiz Rock. No one knows how far below the ground it is buried.

As the glaciers scoured this landscape, the mass of bedrock forming the hill proved more resistant than the surrounding soil, forcing the bottom of the glacier up and over the hill. The north side was smoothed and the south side left steep and rugged as the glacier broke off chunks of rock as it passed.

Trails
1.5-mile loop trail (moderate hiking) takes in both Big and Little Agassiz Rocks. Following long periods of rain, when the water table is high, the immediate area surrounding Big Agassiz Rock can be flooded.

When to Visit
Open year-round, daily, sunrise to sunset. Allow a minimum of 1 hour.

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  • Regulations & Advisories
  • History
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Announcements & Alerts

Advisory: Authorized bow hunting is allowed on portions of this reservation with prior written permission from the property superintendent. Please stay on marked trails. See Regulations and Advisories at left for more information.

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