Total Acres: 29
Year Conserved: 1966
Goose Cove Reservation was conserved by a group of 500 concerned Gloucester residents led by Dr. Frederic Breed who cherished the natural scenic beauty of this woodland as seen from Route 127.
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The property features wooded upland, rocky shoreline, and tidal mudflats. Geologic features include Cape Ann granite, glacial erratics, glacial outwash, and moraine.
The scenery is some of the most beautiful and tranquil of all Greenbelt properties, and provides an opportunity to study varied plant and animal life. The shoreline along the cove offers a chance to find a variety of plant and animal life. Spartina grasses blanket the saltmarsh and the well adapted brown rockweed kelp is visible floating up and down with the tide. Watch for deer and fisher along upland trails and look for otter tracks on the mudflats or their slide marks on the snow and ice in winter. Shorebirds such as greater and lesser yellowlegs, least sandpipers as well as egrets and herons can be seen often at low tide on the mud flats. In winter at high tide, look for waterfowl like bufflehead and common golden-eye diving for food.
Glacial erratics - A glacial erratic is a piece of rock that differs from the size and type of rock native to the area in which it rests. "Erratics" take their name from the Latin word errare, and are transported by glacial ice, often over hundreds of miles.
Glacial outwash - glacial outwash is the combination of sediments deposited by meltwater at the end of a glacier’s path.
Moraine - A moraine is any glacially formed accumulation of soil and rock
The Goose Cove Reservation is located along the Essex Coastal Scenic Byway, part of the congressionally designated Essex National Heritage Area. The Area’s extensive historic, cultural and natural resources tell the story of the region’s role in the nation’s early settlement, maritime trade and industrialization.
Parking is limited to 5 cars. Park in the gravel parking lot.
Parking GPS Location
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.) Space for 2-3 cars.
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.