Halibut Point State Park
Just about any walking trails on the North Shore feature pleasant views. Halibut Point, however, offers a double dose of picturesque scenery, with trails circling an abandoned, water-filled quarry and winding down to the rocky, wave-pounded shore. Views form the 60-foot observation tower reach as far as Maine. Be sure to download the self-guided walking tour brochure to learn about the history of the granite industry while you stroll.
Gott Avenue, Rockport, mass.gov/locations/halibut-point-state-park
Maudslay State Park
Maudslay State Park is known for its formal gardens, but there’s plenty to explore beyond the lush landscaping. Trails wind along the Merrimack River, over arched stone bridges, across meadows, and through primeval stands of white pine. With 16 miles of trails crisscrossing the property, visitors can wander for hours taking in the scenery.
74 Curzon Mill Rd., Newburyport, 978-465-7223, mass.gov/locations/maudslay-state-park