Date Of Visit: October 1, 2017
Location: Lynn Shore Dr & Prescott Rd, Lynn, MA ong Lynn Shore Drive (about 20 minutes north of Boston)
Parking: metered parking along Lynn Shore Drive. IF you’re unable to find a spot along Lynn Shore, there is usually parking available on one of the side streets in the area.
Trail Size/Difficulty: .5 miles, easy
Handicapped Accessible: Yes
Dog Friendly: Yes
Website: Red Rock Park
Highlights: scenic views, easy walking and jogging path, walkway to the rocky water, spacious park
- During the months of July and August there are weekly concerts held along the Red Rock Park area
- Try visiting during stormy weather to see some active waves
Fall has a way of sneaking up on you in New England. So, it’s important to make the best of each and every unseasonably warm day while you can. And Red Rock Park, just minutes north of Boston, seemed like the perfect place to enjoy the last gasps of our warm weather.
Despite the temptation to stay curled up in my bed on a Saturday morning, I was able to make it to Red Rock Park just after sunrise. The “golden hours” (the first 2 hours after sunset and the 2 hours before sunset) sure do make a difference when it comes to photography. In fact, some photographers won’t even take their camera out outside of those golden hours, at least not for nature photography.
When you see the sun glistening off the rocks, cement and sand during the morning sunrise, you can easily see why the park is called “Red Rock.” Red Algae which sometimes floats ashore, while giving off a pungent odor, could be the reason for the reddish hue of the rocks.
A walkway leads to the rocks along the beach that offers some nice views of the Boston skyline, Rock crabs, barnacle, mussels and sea stars inhabit the rocky waters. If you’re lucky, you may see one of these critters in the tidal pools that form between the rocks.
The walking path, which leads to is short and easy leads to Lynn Shore, a popular destination for cyclists and joggers. There are also ramps along the way.
With its easy walking path and spacious park, Red Rock is the perfect place to take your four legged friend. In fact, while I was there, I saw some dogs being trained at the park. The quarter mile marker is part of the Walking and Jogging Project launched to help promote physical activity of the Lynn, Swampscott and Nahant residents. This 1/4 mile marker is one of the medallion markers along the 3 mile stretch. Known as the Nahant, Swampscott and Lynn Good Health Partnership, the markers, placed at quarter mile spaces, go from the Tides restaurant (2B Wilson Rd) to the red Rock Bistro (141 Humphrey St).
Sampson, a friendly 12 week old Lab mix was enjoying the beautiful fall morning with his mom while I was visiting the park. He is a rescue from the North Shore Animal League.
Below is a video from the rocks along the water.
Red Rock Park is one of the more popular spots for residents of the area to visit during stormy weather. Below is a video of one of those stormy days in April, 2011. It actually gets much worse, flooding the entire Lynn Shore Drive, when we experience a tropical storm or hurricane. This video is courtesy of Steve Deveau.
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