Halibut Point SP

Tips for Birding

About this Location

The park is open year-round from sunrise to sunset for day use only.

Please be advised that in an effort to balance public recreation with the protection of our resources, the Department of Conservation and Recreation may close the park for periods of time when the site has reached capacity.

On Saturdays, from Memorial Day weekend through Columbus Day weekend, tours of the quarry are offered which include a granite-cutting demonstration. Other programs spotlight the park’s natural history, including wildflower walks and tidepool programs during the summer and seabird walks during the winter. Check the bulletin boards in the parking lot and at the Visitors Center or call the park for information on the upcoming programs.

Most areas of the park and Visitors Center are universally accessible. Assisted-listening devices are available for park tours. There are no trash barrels in the park – please carry out what you carry in.

Halibut Point is a uniquely beautiful coastal seascape. Looking seaward on a clear day, the view stretches from Crane Beach in Ipswich to Mount Agamenticus in Maine and the Isles of Shoals off the coast of New Hampshire.

Formerly the Babson Farm granite quarry, the park is managed for the scenic, historic, and conservation purposes by the DCR and the Trustees of Reservations. An adjacent property, Sea Rocks, is owned by the Town of Rockport and is open for public use. Here you can explore the park’s trails and tide pools, picnic on its rocky ledges, enjoy its sweeping views, and learn about Cape Ann’s historic granite industry.

Notable Trails

The AllTrails website has a description and map of a hike at .

Halibut Point State Park (Birdability) webpage


  • Restrooms on site

  • Wheelchair accessible trail

  • Entrance fee

Content from Official Website

Last updated February 5, 2024