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2018 Nature Trails

Editors’ Choice

Halibut Point State Park, Rockport

Standout 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,


Readers’ Choice

Maudslay State Park, Newburyport

Standout 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,


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