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2016 Cape Ann Guide

2012 Cape Ann Guide – Experience Cape Ann…serving Essex, Gloucester, Manchester-by-the-Sea and Rockport. Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce.

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Experience Cape Ann 2016-2017 20 Cape Ann By Land & By Sea Cape Ann is rich in human history – with its legacy as the nation's oldest fshing seaport and producer of over 4,000 sailing vessels – and it continues today, boasting a wealth of natural treasures waiting to be explored by the intrepid traveler, both by land and by sea. By Land … Visitors to Cape Ann can fnd an incredible variety of hidden byways that lead to some of the most scenic and less traveled parts of the region. Among them are public footpaths, hiking and biking trails, and serene natural parks and preserves. The Trustees of Reservations (TTOR), Essex County Greenbelt (ECG) and state and local parks offer a variety of trails where visitors can enjoy coastal and marsh views, peaceful woodlands and old granite quarries. Along the coast, and especially in the town of Rockport, several well marked footpaths lead travelers to public lands with sweeping vistas of the sea. Just south of Rockport's central village, the view from the Headlands presents an unparalleled view of the harbor. Farther south, one can walk along Emerson Point to get an up-close view of the iconic twin lighthouses of Thacher Island. Casually stroll through Gloucester's HarborWalk, Stacy Boulevard or Stage Fort Park for waterfront views. In the center of the region between Gloucester and Rockport, lie more than 3,000 acres of undeveloped land known as Dogtown, which includes a loop around the Goose Cove Reservoir and more ambitious hikes to historic homesites and the "Babson Boulders." It was settled in the late 1600s and subsequently abandoned in the early 1800s for the fshing life on the coast. These trails present the perfect opportunity for vacationers to fnd themselves in a charming wooded landscape that is well worth visiting. Elsewhere on Cape Ann, many parks offer places for day travelers to take a break and enjoy the region's beautiful natural settings. On the far north point of the cape is Halibut Point State Park (Route 127, Rockport). The park presents one of the most awe- inspiring views available on Cape Ann, with a large fresh water- flled quarry in the foreground and the ocean just beyond. Ravenswood Park (TTOR, Route 127, Gloucester) with its 600 acres, offers a natural setting with 10 miles of well-maintained trails through the mature forests of western Gloucester. Stage Fort Park, adjacent to Gloucester Harbor, hosts an old fort which overlooked the harbor in the beginning of the 19th century, along with two public beaches, many foot trails and several picnic areas. West of Gloucester is the small community of Essex, situated on the banks of the Essex River and the Great Marsh, which is best known for its legendary shipbuilding and present day antique offerings. Cogswell's Grant, a property of Historic Massachusetts, is a 165-acre working farm on the Great Marsh honoring nearly four centuries of that tradition. The Cox Reservation (Route 133, Essex, ECG) offers wonderful short trails with beautiful vistas of the marsh leading to the banks of the Essex ©Michelle Budrow

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