Halibut Point State Park
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Halibut Point itself is made of sheets of 440 million year-old granite that now descend from rocky headland to the tidal pools below. 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.
Other programs spotlight the park's natural history, including wildflower walks and tidepool programs during the summer and seabird walks during the winter. Picnic grounds and scenic viewing is also available.
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. The visitor center has public restrooms.
The park is open from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. daily from Memorial Day to Labor Day; a parking fee is charged. From Labor Day to Memorial Day the park is open from sunrise to sunset.
Pedestrians and bicyclists free. Halibut Point State Park operates a 70-car parking lot. From Columbus Day to Memorial Day, weekends and holidays, Trustees members are free (must present current membership card ) and non-members pay $2 per private passenger car/motorcycle. Free parking at all other times of the year.
Gott Avenue, Rockport, MA map
Take Rt. 95/128 north to Rt. 128 north toward Gloucester and Rockport. After crossing the Annisquam River bridge, go three quarters around the first rotary, following signs for Rt. 127 north (Annisquam and Pigeon Cove). After approximately 6 miles, turn left at the park sign and the Old Farm Inn onto Gott Ave. From downtown Rockport, drive north on Rt. 127 approximately 3 miles, turning right onto Gott Ave.
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