Cape Ann Circumnavigation

Gloucester, Massachusetts

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Cape Ann thrusts a gnarly head into the great Atlantic and makes for dramatic paddling along 20 miles of rocky shore indented by granite coves, deep harbors, and pocket beaches. The Annisquam River, which cuts through Cape Ann on the western perimeter, makes Cape Ann an island—and circumnavigation possible. The clockwise trip around Cape Ann starts and ends in Gloucester in the Annisquam River and combines several paddling environments: the protected Annisquam River with summer houses lining the banks, waves breaking off the desolate but dramatic Halibut Point, ocean swells around Thacher Island, a long, mesmerizing stretch down Gloucester’s eastern shore, and the busy and historic Gloucester Harbor.
Sea Kayaking Along the New England Coast

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Sea Kayaking Along the New England Coast

by Tamsin Venn (Appalachian Mountain Club Books)

Cape Ann thrusts a gnarly head into the great Atlantic and makes for dramatic paddling along 20 miles of rocky shore indented by granite coves, deep harbors, and pocket beaches. The Annisquam River, which cuts through Cape Ann on the western perimeter, makes Cape Ann an island—and circumnavigation possible.

The clockwise trip around Cape Ann starts and ends in Gloucester in the Annisquam River and combines several paddling environments: the protected Annisquam River with summer houses lining the banks, waves breaking off the desolate but dramatic Halibut Point, ocean swells around Thacher Island, a long, mesmerizing stretch down Gloucester’s eastern shore, and the busy and historic Gloucester Harbor.

©  Tamsin Venn/Appalachian Mountain Club Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Sea Kayaking
Nearby City: Gloucester
Distance: 22
Duration: Day Trip
Season: Best spring through fall
Local Contacts: Halibut Point State Park
Local Maps: NOAA #13279 at 1:20,000
Driving Directions: Directions to Cape Ann: Circumnavigation

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