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Fryeburg, Maine: Jockey Cap Rock, Robert Peary Monument

A huge igneous rock juts out of the ground behind a Dollar General store. At the top is a monument to North Pole discoverer Robert Peary.

124 Bridgton Rd, Fryeburg, ME
From downtown drive north on Main St., then bear right onto US Hwy 302/Bridgton Rd. Drive a half-mile. You'll see a Dollar General store on the left. Park in its lot; the trail to the Rock begins at its back side.
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Jockey Cap Rock.

Jockey Cap Rock, Robert Peary Monument

Park at Dollar General. Great climbing rocks for kids. Be sure to wear sneakers.

[K And K, 07/27/2022]
Jockey Cap Rock, Robert Peary Monument

Jockey Cap is not a rock dropped by a glacier; it is a granite outcrop of bedrock that was scraped by the glaciers' movement over it. The glaciers were probably responsible for the boulders at the southern base of the Cap. Under one of these boulders is a cave that was a seasonal home to a Pequawket Native woman named Molly Ockett. She was a healer using native plants and concoctions to cure the ills of her people as well as the settlers. She traveled widely throughout New England and Canada. The local school at the base of the Cap is named for her.

[Tom Grant Sr, 12/18/2017]

Peary Monument.

Jockey Cap Rock, Robert Peary Monument

Jockey Cap Rock is a huge igneous rock dropped in what is now Fryeburg, Maine by the glaciers that carved the White Mountains. The short hike to the top provides wonderful views in all directions.

On top of Jockey Cap is a monument erected to honor Admiral Robert E. Peary who discovered the North Pole. Peary lived in Fryeburg and made drawings of the area from the top of Jockey Cap. The monument can be used to find the names of the surrounding mountains.

In the 1930s Jockey Cap was a ski area with the state's first rope tow. It's a favorite of rock climbers, and has caves to explore at its base.

[S L Frost, 04/11/2012]

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