Black Rock Beach

42.430840, -70.934937
Nahant Road
Nahant, MA 01908
(781) 581-0026
Essex County

Black Rock Beach is located on Nahant Road in Nahant, Massachusetts. This small residential beach has parking that is shared with Short Beach off Ward Road. The beach is packed sand with a gradual walk out and is relatively free of debris other than seaweed and shells dispersed across the sand by the ocean water. During high-tide the beach is all but gone as the water is pushed against the huge “black rocks” that form a secure barrier at the edge of the beach. Black Rock Beach is a popular spot for kite surfers enjoying time in the surf and other people who just enjoy watching the sport. If you have access to the beaches of Nahant, take time to check out Black Rock Beach, enjoy the calm waters, and take in view of Revere Beach from a distance.

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Hours Of Operation

Sunrise to sunset, June 1st through August 31st

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Located off Ward Road, resident parking only; resident sticker required

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Life Guard Schedule


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Not allowed

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Black Rock Beach is a carry in/carry out beach with food vendors within minutes driving.

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Motels/hotels and rentals are within 5 minutes driving.

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Licensed dogs are allowed on the beach 7am to 8pm and must be cleaned up after.

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Picnic Area


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A playground is located across the street from the beach.

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Public Transportation

Please see the link below for times and other modes of public transportation.

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Restrooms / Showers

No restrooms or showers at Black Rock Beach; however, Short Beach across the steet has restrooms.

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Surfing/Kayaking/Paddle Boarding

Water sports are allowed.

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Walking Trails

The Heritage Trail, is connected to the parking lot, is approximately 1/3 hike through marsh and woods. The trail is currently being expanded; when finished it will be 1.6 miles and connect Little Nahant to Bailey’s Hill. In addition to the Heritage Trail, there is a paved walkway and walking path that span Short Beach for walkers, dog walkers, and runners.

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Water Quality

Water quality is monitored from Memorial Day to Labor Day. For more information please call (617) 626-1250. The accepted standard is 104 CFU/100mL in a single day or an average of 35 CFU/100mL over five days. The link below is the test results from 2003 to the current year. Black Rock Beach Water Quality

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