Though small in size, Back Shore exemplifies the wonderful scenery of Cape Ann with a spectacular view of its magnificent, rocky coastline. It's a perfect place to enjoy the view and savor the salt air.
Back Shore has long been a favorite locale for surf fishermen angling for striped bass, including Indigenous people, who for thousands of years thrived on Cape Ann shores. Maritime Archaic people hunted seals and walruses here 6,000 years ago, and later Eastern Woodland Indians known as Algonquians were setting surf and channel nets between headlands and harvesting sea bird eggs and feathers from offshore rookeries.
By around 1,000 CE Pawtucket people living in the Sayward Street area on Little Good Harbor River were coming to Back Shore for the striped bass fish runs in the spring.
Save Our Shores Gloucester and a group of concerned citizens created the opportunity for conservation and raised funds in 2016 to acquire the property and protect it from development.
In 2017, Save Our Shores Gloucester transferred the property to Greenbelt.
Greenbelt completed the installation of the granite bench for visitors to enjoy in 2020.