Going Ashore

Most cruising sailors who stop in Folly Cove anchor for lunch and maybe a swim. There isn't much civilization ashore, but if you've got an extra hour or two, there are a handful of reasons to get the dinghy going.

At the head of the cove is a town beach. It's small, hemmed in by the road and has no facilities. But if you need to get the kids off the boat for an hour, it's got the indispensable attribute -- sand.

In the cove's southeast corner is the Lobster Pool, a classic waterfront seafood shack that feels like a throwback to the 1950s. That's a recommendation. Clams, lobsters, chowders, and fried seafood platters are all served on picnic tables indoors or on the lawn overlooking the cove.

With a bit more time and ambition, you can walk about a mile to Halibut Point State Park. There's a self-guided walking tour of the old quarry and a worthwhile little museum on the history of Cape Ann's granite industry.

stone carving old man
Geoff Rand
Stone carving, Halibut Point State Park.
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Geoff Rand
Looking north over the old quarry on Halibut Point.

One Hour Ashore

Lunch at the Lobster Pool would make for a well-executed cruising day.

Maritime History

The Rockport harbormasters have this link to an article from the late 1800s describing construction of the since-aborted Sandy Bay breakwater. A whole lot of Halibut Point got laboriously dumped into Sandy Bay to no good purpose.

Rainy Day

Most sailors would prefer to sit out bad weather in Rockport or Gloucester.

Facilities

  • Dinghy
  • Restrooms
  • Info

You can dinghy in to the beach. Otherwise there are sloping rocks between the Lobster Pool and the granite bulkhead to its east where you could pull a dinghy up. With the right sea-state, you could drop crew members off directly on the rocks on Halibut Point.

The Lobster Pool has restrooms for patrons. There are also restrooms at the state park.

The Trustees of Reservations own a small property adjacent to the park.