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Scramble across ledges scarred for eons by wind and wave and examine tide pools teeming with marine life.
What makes Halibut Point a special place?
Bird watchers get an eyeful from this low coastal shelf overlooking dramatic surf. The weather-beaten bluffs here make up a low rocky coastal shelf covered in bayberry, greenbriar, and shadbush. During storms, waves crash over the rocky shore. Tidal pools harbor snails, hermit crabs, and sea stars.
Above the reservation is the former Babson Farm Quarry, now filled by natural underground springs. Granite quarried here at the turn of the 20th century paved thousands of city streets and built bridges, tunnels, monuments, warehouses, and buildings, such as Boston's Custom House Tower.
Halibut Point is cooperatively managed by The Trustees of Reservations and the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR), which acquired an adjoining 54-acre state park in 1981 with the assistance of The Trustees. DCR operates a small visitor center and museum dedicated to telling the story of Cape Ann's historic granite industry.
Reservation is located along the Essex Coastal Scenic Byway, part of the congressionally designated Essex National Heritage Area. The Area’s extensive historic, cultural and natural resources tell the story of the region’s role in the nation’s early settlement, maritime trade and industrialization.
2.5 miles of trails. Moderate walking. The reservation is a link in Rockport's Atlantic Path.
When to Visit
Year-round, daily, sunrise to sunset. Allow a minimum of 1 hour, 2 hours if visiting state park and its visitor center and museum.
The state park operates a small visitor center and museum devoted to Halibut Point's natural history and Cape Ann's historic granite quarrying industry, of which Halibut Point's Babson Farm Quarry was a major part. The visitor center has public restrooms.