Hike-in Required
No
ADA accessible
No
Guided tours
No
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Castle Rock is a small, picturesque area that is hidden in the depths of the Marblehead Neck neighborhood. The entrance is a small pathway identifiable only by a small sign and the cars that may be parked on the main street in front of it. However, once found, it provides a beautiful view of the ocean.

There is a very short walking path that leads to Castle Rock that is shaded by trees. There are a few benches as you get into the park area that look out to the ocean. Although you can see two beaches on either side of Castle Rock, only one is accessible from Castle Rock. The beach is not easy to get to, and it is not ADA-accessible. To get down to the pebble beach and water, you must climb down a few rocks. Once on the pebble beach, the water is nice to dip your toes in, and there is another large rock that is split in the middle that you can explore.

If you are feeling adventurous, you can climb onto Castle Rock. It’s not too difficult, although small children are not advised to climb here; Castle Rock is cliff-like and can be dangerous. However, once you get onto Castle Rock, it is a very beautiful sight with the ocean on either side of you. You can bring a blanket or a camping chair and sit on Castle Rock, watch the boats ride past and enjoy a picnic. Castle Rock seems small from afar, but once you get on top of it, it’s much bigger. If other people are also enjoying the view on the rock, you won’t feel crowded.

Although climbing Castle Rock or climbing down to the beach isn’t accessible to all, you can still enjoy the views and sit on the benches at the entrance.

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Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Spring
Summer
Fall

Congestion

Low

Parking Pass

Not Required

Pros

Great views. Unique geology. Lots of places to sit and relax.

Cons

Not ADA-accessible. Can be dangerous.

Pets allowed

Allowed

Features

Big vistas

Location

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