Halibut Point State Park, RockportStandout Qualities: Explore trails and tide pools and picnic on the sea rocks, while also learning about the history of Cape Ann’s granite industry at the quarry nearby.
Insider Tip: Climb the 60-foot renovated World War II fire tower for a panoramic view. On a clear day, visitors can see Mount Agamenticus, which is 81 miles away in Maine, and the Isles of Shoals off the coast of New Hampshire.
Fun Fact: The granite that makes up Halibut Point is estimated to be 440 million years old.
Gott Ave., Rockport, mass.gov/locations/halibut-point-state-park
Maudslay State Park, NewburyportStandout Qualities: This park features 19th-century gardens and plantings, rolling meadows, towering pines, and one of the largest naturally occurring stands of mountain laurel in Massachusetts.
Insider Tip: In late spring, hikers are treated to blossoming azaleas and rhododendrons.
Fun Fact: You can adopt an acre of the park through the Maudslay State Park Association. Sponsoring an acre at Maudslay is a great way to contribute directly to the improvement and preservation of the park.
74 Curzon Mill Rd., Newburyport, 978-465-7223, mass.gov/locations/maudslay-state-park