Tag Archives: Granite Quarries

The trails of Gloucester and Rockport.

Yesterday was a pristine day to go cross-country​ skiing. With Dogtown and connections infiltrating out from the center of Cape Ann and throwing in Ravenswood there are very few places on Cape Ann that are not a short walk to a trail that goes on and on.

Evvy, hold on, I want to take a picture …

This is one of those trails that links up quarries down to a cove. There were train tracks here before the quarry bust of 1933. I ski along imagining the train Polyphemus as it lugged 40 ton blocks of granite through the woods to become the great granite bowls which sit in front of Union Station in our nation’s capital. Must have been quite a sight.

Ducks At Foggy Quarry Submitted To The GMG Flickr Group By Thomas Philbrook

Thomas Writes-

There are a number of former granite quarries in the woods outside of our downtown area. They used to be places of backbreaking toil — nowadays they’re beautiful & serene hiking destinations.

Ducks At Foggy Quarry, originally uploaded by Thomas Philbrook.