Head of the Meadow Beach

Head of the Meadow Beach which includes a memorial
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This beautiful stretch of coastline attracts watersports enthusiasts as well as curious visitors hoping to glimpse its intriguing shipwreck.

Head of the Meadow Beach is one of the most exciting and lively beaches in North Truro. Beachgoers flock to the expansive sweep of sand to take part in a range of watersports. Try to get a glimpse of the famed shipwreck that is hidden off its shores.

Walk along the beach and take note of its striking features. On one side, high dunes tower over the sands. Out on the water, sandbars rise above the surface. This stretch is popular among vacationers. There’s always something going on here. Lay out a towel and observe volleyball games or join surfers out on the Atlantic waves. If you plan on staying for a few hours, bring along a picnic or pick up some food from nearby snack shacks.

Historically, this area of Cape Cod was known for its dangerous shoals and bars, which brought down many ships. In fact, more than 1,000 ships have wrecked off the coast between Truro and Wellfleet. Head of the Meadow Beach is home to one such wreck, the Frances, which sank in 1872 after falling victim to fierce winter winds. Try to spot part of the wreck nearly 150 years later. Check the tide times and arrange your visit for low tide, when the rusty wreck can occasionally be seen from shore.

Bring your bicycle to explore the Head of the Meadow Trail, which leads from the beach. The 2-mile (3-kilometer) route runs to the East Harbor past the Salt Meadow marshland and is a great way to see more of the picturesque local area.

Be aware that Head of the Meadow Beach is actually comprised of two separate areas one is managed by Truro, while the other is the responsibility of Cape Cod National Seashore. Parking fees can differ depending on which parking lot you use. Lifeguards are here in the summer months and there are restroom facilities. If you’re coming by car, it’s less than a 10-minute drive from North Truro’s center.

Top Hotels Close to Head of the Meadow Beach

Prince of Whales
Prince of Whales
2 out of 5
104 Shore Rd, North Truro, MA, 02652
Stay at this inn in North Truro. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and barbecue grills. Popular attractions Highland Golf Links and Truro Historical Museum are ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (25 reviews)
"The property is nice but besides the grilling area and parking lot nothing else. The cottage felt very well taken care of and almost new. It was the perfect spot for my family to enjoy our time away. Definitely will look to return next time I'm in town."

Reviewed on Oct 22, 2022

Prince of Whales
Dune Crest Hotel
Dune Crest Hotel
2 out of 5
535 Route 6, North Truro, MA, 02652
Stay at this hotel in North Truro. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms in our reviews. ...
4/5 Very Good! (609 reviews)
"View was awesome. The property landscaping definitely needed to be tended too."

Reviewed on Oct 16, 2022

Dune Crest Hotel
Harbor Hotel Provincetown
Harbor Hotel Provincetown
3 out of 5
698 Commercial St, Provincetown, MA, 02657
Stay at this 3-star beach hotel in Provincetown. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and an outdoor pool. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff in our ...
3.7/5 Good! (1,004 reviews)
"We always enjoy staying here. We usually stay in the off-season, so can’t really speak to the amenities, but the pool area looks very nice. We usually travel with our dogs and love that this hotel is pet friendly and always quiet. The beach access across the street and proximity to PTown and our ..."

Reviewed on Nov 20, 2022

Harbor Hotel Provincetown
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Best Lodging Options Near Head of the Meadow Beach

Prince of Whales
Prince of Whales
2 out of 5
104 Shore Rd, North Truro, MA, 02652
Prince of Whales
Dune Crest Hotel
Dune Crest Hotel
2 out of 5
535 Route 6, North Truro, MA, 02652
Dune Crest Hotel
Harbor Hotel Provincetown
Harbor Hotel Provincetown
3 out of 5
698 Commercial St, Provincetown, MA, 02657
Harbor Hotel Provincetown
Ocean Views!  Charming Unit with Balcony at Ocean front
Ocean Views! Charming Unit with Balcony at Ocean front
North Truro, MA
Ocean Views! Charming Unit with Balcony at Ocean front
Top Mast Resort
Top Mast Resort
2.5 out of 5
209 Shore Rd, North Truro, MA, 02652
Top Mast Resort
Charming, waterfront studio condo w/ direct beach access - close to town!
Charming, waterfront studio condo w/ direct beach access - close to town!
North Truro, MA
Charming, waterfront studio condo w/ direct beach access - close to town!
Charming studio steps with beach access, WiFi, deck, ocean view & kitchenette
Charming studio steps with beach access, WiFi, deck, ocean view & kitchenette
Truro, MA
Charming studio steps with beach access, WiFi, deck, ocean view & kitchenette
Captain's Quarters at Dune Crest Hotel
Captain's Quarters at Dune Crest Hotel
North Truro, MA
Captain's Quarters at Dune Crest Hotel
Cape View Motel
Cape View Motel
2.5 out of 5
364 State Highway Route 6, North Truro, MA, 02652
Cape View Motel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.