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Beautiful and tranquil scenery reward those who venture to explore Goose Cove Reservation. Short trails through wooded upland, rocky shoreline, and along tidal mud flats provide an opportunity to study varied plant and animal life.
A narrow causeway on Rt. 127 divides Goose Cove on the east from the Atlantic Ocean, the Annisquam River and Lobster Cove. Follow the trail to where upland meets salt water, creating a rich, natural habitat. The property’s geologic features include Cape Ann granite, glacial erratics, glacial outwash, and moraine.
In spring, shadbush and cherry trees bloom. In summer, the woodland vegetation grows thick, shading the trail. Inland find honeysuckle, juniper and goldenrod. Notice the coral lichen, gray birch and sweet fern. Spartina grasses blanket the salt marsh, and the well- adapted brown rockweed kelp is visible floating with the tide.
Deer and fisher hide along upland trails. Find otter tracks on the mudflats or their slide marks on the snow in winter. Magnificent shorebirds like yellowlegs, sandpipers and plovers grace the mud flats at low tide. In winter at high tide, look for waterfowl like bufflehead and common golden-eye diving for food.
Latitude 42.645415, Longitude -70.672363
From 128N/Grant Circle in Gloucester:
Take 3rd rotary exit onto Route 127 going north. Parking area entrance is 1.8 miles ahead on the right. (If you pass a small brick municipal building on the right, you have gone too far.)
Paddle Launch: Use the first trail on the left out of the parking area that leads to the water’s edge. Available 1-2 hours before and after high tide only. Paddle the cove or if currents allow, beyond the cove to the Annisquam River.
Parking is limited to 5 cars. Park in the gravel parking lot.
82 Eastern Avenue, Essex,
Greenbelt is grateful to several professional and staff photographers whose work is featured prominently within our website.
Thank you Jerry Monkman / ecophotography.com, Lynne Holton, Kindra Clineff, Adrian Scholes and John Raleigh.