Halibut Point State Park

Pigeon Cove, Massachusetts 01966

Halibut Point State Park

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"This trail-heavy state park, centered by a working farm, presents a chance to explore history mixed with modern farming techniques. First visit the farm, then wander field and forest.

View the cellar holes from mill workers’ houses, the defensive Garrison House site, and the Farnham Cabin. Walk along Adams Mill, a dammed pond used for milling since 1730. After you are done, cool off with some tasty ice cream at the on-site creamery!"

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"At first glance, Halibut Point appears to have always been an out-of-the-way nature preserve on a point jutting out into the Atlantic Ocean. Dig deeper into history, and you’ll learn this secluded stretch of granite first started out as an outpost for a condemned woman during the Salem Witch Trials. A wilderness filled with bears, wolves, and Agawam natives, the area was not incorporated as an independent town until 1840, when granite quarrying was in full swing. Workers extracted large blocks of granite by hand, shipping them by sloop across the globe. Now the remaining open pits and piles of granite chunks stand as a reminder of this once-illustrious industry that ceased in 1929 with the Great Depression and the advent of concrete." Read more
AMC's Best Day Hikes Near Boston (Appalachian Mountain Club Books)
Michael Tougias
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"Enjoy magnificent views of the ocean, a historical quarry, and a walk along the rocky coastline at the tip of Cape Ann." Read more
60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Boston - 2nd Edition (Menasha Ridge Press)
Lafe Low and Helen Weatherall
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"Shaped by geologic forces, glacial ice sheets, the labor of quarrymen, and crashing waves off the Atlantic, Halibut Point presents a variety of scenery. On warm summer days, this knuckle of granite facing the sea offers a pleasant place to sunbathe and picnic. When the weather turns, the point is a terrific place to observe the raw power of the Atlantic Ocean crashing on the rocks. Halibut point is an excellent spot for bird-watching. In 1997, a renewable-energy demonstration center was constructed on the site. The paths to the visitor center and to the main quarry are wheelchair accessible." Read more

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Trail Information

Pigeon Cove
Nearby City
Kid-friendly, Stroller/Wheelchair Accessible
Accessibility
1.9
Distance
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
Moderate
Skill Level
1.5-2 hours
Duration
Memorial Day through Labor Day
Season
Halibut Point State Park
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Dec 2018