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Dogtown Park's 3600 acres reside within the borders of Gloucester and Rockport. It has an interesting history since its founding in 1642. The original settlement later became abandoned, opening the park to witches, vegabonds, and feral dogs. During the Great Depression, Roger Babson, a millionaire and founder of Babson College, commissioned unemployed stonecutters to carve inspirational inscriptions into dozens of boulders throughout the park.Today, hikers and mountain bikers use it on a regular basis. The park has numerous glacial erratics that await the adventurous boulderer.

Getting There 

Take Route 128 to the Grant Circle Rotary. Take Rt.127 towards Annisquam, then take your first right off 127, and your first left onto Cherry Street. Follow to the parking lot.

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Spiritual Power Crack V1 5  MA : Cape Ann : ... : Spiritual Power Boulder
This is probably Cape Ann's only real splitter. It is on perfect, bleached granite. If only it were longer and higher angle.... The first ascent likely belongs to a colonial era boulderer. Regardless it's a pretty cool crack to practice your hand jams. If you know how to jam, it will be really easy. One other caveat: Snakes! In the crack! Seriously. . . on my last visit this crack was oozing with garter snakes. A particular large one had wrapped itself around the chockstone at mid-height...[more]   Browse More Classics in MA

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The historic "Whale Jaw" boulder.  (Sadl...
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By jim.dangle
Apr 21, 2013
Dogtown is a strange place for sure. There have been several books (fiction and non-fiction) written about the place. There was also a famous murder here in the '80s. In summer months in the quieter parts, there is a decent-sized homeless population. Sometimes you find them staring back at your through the trees. It can be a little unsettling.

Probably safer than Lynn Woods though!

By jim.dangle
May 9, 2013
"Cape Ann is perhaps the rockiest region in the state and boulders piled on - or around - other boulders is not that all uncommon. The famed Dogtown area has one rock formation where suicidal Abram Wharf crawled in to die after slitting his throat. " -- from the blog "Memoirs of a Rolling Stone"

The colorful history of Cape Ann!

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