Head of the Meadow Beach

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Head of the Meadow Beach which includes a memorial

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.

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Bayberry House North Truro<br>
Bayberry House North Truro<br>
North Truro, MA
Situated by the sea, this vacation home is 1.2 mi (1.9 km) from Truro Vineyards of Cape Cod and within 3 mi (5 km) of Coast Guard Beach and Head of the Meadow ...
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Bayberry House North Truro<br>
Beautiful 3 Bedroom + Den  Cottage Just a few minute drive to Beach
Beautiful 3 Bedroom + Den Cottage Just a few minute drive to Beach
North Truro, MA
This family-friendly North Truro cottage is located by the sea, within 3 mi (5 km) of Truro Vineyards of Cape Cod, Highland Beach and Coast Guard Beach. Head ...
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Beautiful 3 Bedroom + Den Cottage Just a few minute drive to Beach
The Halfshell - Bright 3 bedroom Cape cottage
The Halfshell - Bright 3 bedroom Cape cottage
North Truro, MA
Situated in North Truro, this vacation home is within 3 mi (5 km) of Truro Vineyards of Cape Cod, Highland Beach, and Coast Guard Beach. Head of the Meadow Beach ...
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The Halfshell - Bright 3 bedroom Cape cottage
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Sandcastle Resort and Club
Sandcastle Resort and Club
3 out of 5
929 Commercial Street, Provincetown, MA
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Bayberry House North Truro<br>
Bayberry House North Truro<br>
North Truro, MA
Bayberry House North Truro<br>
Beautiful 3 Bedroom + Den  Cottage Just a few minute drive to Beach
Beautiful 3 Bedroom + Den Cottage Just a few minute drive to Beach
North Truro, MA
Beautiful 3 Bedroom + Den Cottage Just a few minute drive to Beach
The Halfshell - Bright 3 bedroom Cape cottage
The Halfshell - Bright 3 bedroom Cape cottage
North Truro, MA
The Halfshell - Bright 3 bedroom Cape cottage
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Slice of Heaven on outer Cape Cod at the Salt Air Cottages.
North Truro, MA
Slice of Heaven on outer Cape Cod at the Salt Air Cottages.
Cozy, Ground-Floor Getaway w/ Free WiFi, a Kitchen, Shared Pool, & Private Patio
Cozy, Ground-Floor Getaway w/ Free WiFi, a Kitchen, Shared Pool, & Private Patio
North Truro, MA
Cozy, Ground-Floor Getaway w/ Free WiFi, a Kitchen, Shared Pool, & Private Patio
Exquisite 2-Story Home w/Ocean Views, Decks, Free WiFi, Fireplace, Washer/Dryer
Exquisite 2-Story Home w/Ocean Views, Decks, Free WiFi, Fireplace, Washer/Dryer
North Truro, MA
Exquisite 2-Story Home w/Ocean Views, Decks, Free WiFi, Fireplace, Washer/Dryer
Stunning home with expansive views of Cape Cod Bay
Stunning home with expansive views of Cape Cod Bay
North Truro, MA
Stunning home with expansive views of Cape Cod Bay
Harbor Hotel Provincetown
Harbor Hotel Provincetown
3 out of 5
698 Commercial St, Provincetown, MA
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.