Cape Hedge Beach

42.634084, -70.609898
http://www.rockportma.gov/sites/rockportma/files/uploads/beach_parks_rules_and_regs2011.pdf
 Seaview Street
Rockport, MA 01966
(978) 546-3791
Essex County

Cape Hedge Beach is located at the ends of Seaview Street and South Street in Rockport, Massachusetts. The Seaview Street entrance, the larger of the two parking areas, has a sizable barrier of small rocks blocking access to the beach. Wood ramps are provided to help navigate the barrier to the beach. If the Seaview entrance is too difficult to navigate, the South Street entrance is the more manageable access point with a concrete pathway leading down to the beach. The South Street entrance has fewer parking spaces available with a few benches nearby. The slope to the water is gradual, and the waves can be large at times; this may not be the best environment for kids. Neighboring Long Beach is attached by a bridge near the Seaview Street parking lot; this might be a better choice (for kids) with fewer rocks. Cape Hedge is a small rocky peninsula that can be accessed and explored by walking past the access bridge to Long Beach. Views of Cape Hedge Beach and Long Beach can be seen from a unique vantage point on the peninsula. Cape Hedge Beach has spectacular views and unique terrain; if in the area, it’s worth a visit.

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Hours Of Operation

6am - 11pm

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Parking

Parking is available at the end of Sea View Street and South Street. Resident and non-resident stickers can be purchased through the city of Rockport https://rockportstickers.cityhallsystems.com/.

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Life Guard Schedule

N/A

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Campfires

Not allowed

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Food

Cape Hedge Beach is a carry in/carry out location with food vendors available within 5 minutes driving.

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Lodging

Motels/hotels and rentals are within 5-10 minutes driving.

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Pets

Not allowed on the beach from June 1st through September 15th. Dogs must be on a leash or under voice control.

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Picnic Area

N/A

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Playground

N/A

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Public Transportation

The Cape Ann Transportation Authority (CATA) is another option for transportation.
http://www.canntran.com/Maps/RedLine.png

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Restrooms / Showers

Portable toilets are available at the Seaview Street entrance.

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Surfing/Kayaking/Paddle Boarding

Surfing is permitted with the exception of 8am through 5pm from June 15th through September 15th.

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Walking Trails

N/A

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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. Cape Hedge Beach Water Quality

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Water Temperature

http://ma.usharbors.com/harbor-guide/rockport/weather
(Click on “View more buoy data” to view water temperature.)

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