The original area of High Rock Reservation consisted of approximately four-and-one-half acres located at the summit and along the south slope of High Rock. The area is a steeply sloping hillside which is studded with large outcroppings of porphyry and views of Boston, Nahant, and Salem.  High Rock Tower and the Stone Cottage possess integrity of location, design, setting and for the most part materials. 

Rising to a height of 170 feet, High Rock is less than three quarters of a mile from the ocean and commands unobstructed views of Boston, Nahant, and Swampscott. Although local historians suggest that the hill’s summit was used as a look-out point by Indians and early settlers, the site’s major fame dates from the mid-nineteenth century when High Rock and its porphyry outcroppings became appreciated for their “Romantic” qualities. 


HRFDuring the 1840’s, a parcel of five and one-half acres, including the summit of High Rock, was purchased by Jesse Hutchinson, who, together with other members of his family, built two Gothic cottages, an auditorium and an observation tower on the property.  Both the fame of the Hutchinson Family, who lived there until the early twentieth century, and the “picturesque” qualities of the property made up of High Rock Stone Cottage, Daisy Cottage and the first High Rock Tower, frequent illustrations in wood-cut, lithographic and stereopticon views of nineteenth-century Lynn.  These structures are significant for their associations with the Hutchinson family, a group immersed in many radical nineteenth century causes such as the temperance, abolitionist and women’s movements and are unusual physical representatives of this important phase of nineteenth censure culture.



This amazing flyover sequence is courtesy of Philipp Harlov who certainly has taken High Rock tower to new heights!

High Rock Driving Directions | CLICK HERE FOR A MAP

From the North (Salem area)

Go southwest on Western Avenue/Route 107
Pass Fraser Field (on your right) and take 2nd left onto Lawton Avenue

(From Major Highways and Peabody/Lynnfield area)

Go south on Route 129 (various streets)
On Washington Street take the first left onto Western Avenue/Route 107
Take first right onto Lawton Avenue
Once on Lawton Avenue
Take 5th left onto High Rock Street
Take 1st right onto Circuit Avenue
High Rock Tower is at the top of the hill.

From the South ( Boston/Revere area)

Go north on the Lynnway/Route 1A to Market Street
Take a left on Market Street

(From Swampscott area)

Go south on Lynn Shore Drive/the Lynnway/ Route 1A to Market Street
Take a right on Market Street
Once on Market Street
Go north on Market Street, thru City Hall Square to Franklin Street
Bear right onto Franklin Street
Take first right onto Hanover Street
Follow Hanover Street to Washington Street
Go straight across onto Beacon Hill Avenue
Take first right onto Lawton Avenue
Once on Lawton Avenue
Take 2nd left onto High Rock Street
Take 1st right onto Circuit Avenue
High Rock Tower is at the top of the hill.


Mayor McGee would like to invite you to observe the stars at High Rock Tower and Observatory. High Rock is home to the city's large 12 inch Meade telescope with lenses powerful enough to view the rings of Saturn, Jupiter and her moons, galaxies, star clusters, nebulae and many other wonders of the night sky.

The High Rock telescope also enables visitors to investigate the craters, valleys and hills of the moon’s surface, distinguish between the different star formations and obtain a better appreciation and understanding of basic astronomy.

Please e-mail Jamie Marsh to reserve a spot on one of these nights. We look forward to seeing you see the stars!

High Rock Tower will be open to the public on the schedule listed below provided the weather forecast calls for mostly clear skies. 

Day/Evening Date    Time Objects of Interest
Wednesday November 6, 2019 6 PM until 8 PM 1st Quarter Moon, Jupiter, Saturn
Wednesday December 4, 2019 6 PM until 8 PM 1st Quarter Moon, Saturn
Wednesday January 8, 2020 6 PM until 8 PM Moon, Venus, Orion Nebula
Wednesday February 5, 2020 6 PM until 8 PM Moon, Venus, Orion Nebula

Visit High Rock Tower

High Rock Tower Telescope is located on High Rock Street in Lynn Massachusetts.
High Rock Street (See Directions Below)
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Our High Rock Landscaping Project Webpage:
Visit and learn about this exciting new project!