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Halibut Point State Park Interpretive Trail

This is a very beautiful state park at the end of land in Gloucester.
Rating: 4 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 1.2 miles
Duration: 1-3 hours
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Overview :  A historical interpretive trail around the Halibut State Park and Babson Farm Quarry. This guide will take you through the woods to a... more »

Tips:  Following Route 127 in Gloucester the Park is located at the very northernmost point of land. I don't believe there is a fee to park ... more »

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Points of Interest

1. Parking and Entrance Trail

I think the pathway entrance to this park is beautiful as walk through a "tunnel" of tree branches. You'll follow this path to the quarry and ocean beyond. Make sure to check out the interpretive signs along the way. Also, if you are interested in a self guided historical tour of the area make sure to check the links in this guide.

2. Babson Farm Quarry

This Quarry was closed in 1929 and over time water filled it in creating this 60 foot deep pond. There is no swimming allowed here though.

3. Go right around the Quarry

For this loop take a right around the quarry. You will head back to this point after seeing the park.

4. The Grout Pile or Rocky Shore

Here you can continue straight to check out the grout pile which is a huge pile of waste granite blocks from when the quarry was in use. Although some may find a giant pile of rocks interesting I prefer to check the rocky shore on the trail to the right.

5. Rocky Shore

Here you can relax on the rocks and read a book with the sounds of crashing waves all around you. This is a very relaxing place. Enjoy it. When you are ready head back to the quarry and take a right at POI #3 to head to the west side of the water-filled Quarry.

6. Visitor Center

Here you can stop at the visitor center before leaving the park.