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Head of the Meadow Beach

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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Top Mast Resort

Top Mast Resort

209 Shore Rd, North Truro, MA
     
    2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Nestled on the beach, this North Truro hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Town Beaches, Highland Beach, and Coast Guard Beach. Head of the Meadow Beach and Truro Vineyards of Cape Cod are also within 3 mi (5 km).

    Dune Crest Hotel
    Dune Crest Hotel

    Dune Crest Hotel

    535 Route 6, North Truro, MA
       
      2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Situated in North Truro, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Town Beaches, Highland Beach, and Truro Vineyards of Cape Cod. Coast Guard Beach and Highland House Museum are also within 3 mi (5 km).

      New 3BR House in North Truro, Unique One-floor Design
      New 3BR House in North Truro, Unique One-floor Design

      New 3BR House in North Truro, Unique One-floor Design

      North Truro, MA
         
        0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated by the ocean, this romantic 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 and Highland House Museum are also within 3 mi (5 km).

        Bayberry House North Truro
        Bayberry House North Truro

        Bayberry House North Truro

        North Truro, MA
           
          0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated by the ocean, this vacation home is 1.2 mi (1.9 km) from Truro Vineyards of Cape Cod and within 3 mi (5 km) of Highland Beach and Highland House Museum. Highland Lighthouse and Payomet Performing Arts Center are also within 3 mi (5 km).

          Beautiful 3 Bedroom + Den Cottage Just a few Minute Drive to Beach
          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
             
            0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            This family-friendly North Truro cottage is located by the ocean, within 3 mi (5 km) of Truro Vineyards of Cape Cod, Highland Beach and Head of the Meadow Beach. Highland House Museum and Highland Lighthouse are also within 3 mi (5 km).

            Unit #25 - Ground Floor Deluxe Studio Condo With A/C
            Unit #25 - Ground Floor Deluxe Studio Condo With A/C

            Unit #25 - Ground Floor Deluxe Studio Condo With A/C

            North Truro, MA
               
              0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated in North Truro, this condo building is within 3 mi (5 km) of Truro Vineyards of Cape Cod, Highland Beach, and Coast Guard Beach. Head of the Meadow Beach and Highland House Museum are also within 3 mi (5 km).

              Unit # 30 - 2nd Floor Deluxe Studio - NO A/C
              Unit # 30 - 2nd Floor Deluxe Studio - NO A/C

              Unit # 30 - 2nd Floor Deluxe Studio - NO A/C

              North Truro, MA
                 
                0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated in North Truro, this condo building is within 3 mi (5 km) of Truro Vineyards of Cape Cod, Highland Beach, and Coast Guard Beach. Head of the Meadow Beach and Highland House Museum are also within 3 mi (5 km).

                Unit #24 - 2nd Floor Deluxe Studio - With A/C
                Unit #24 - 2nd Floor Deluxe Studio - With A/C

                Unit #24 - 2nd Floor Deluxe Studio - With A/C

                North Truro, MA
                   
                  0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated near the bay, this condo building is within 3 mi (5 km) of Truro Vineyards of Cape Cod, Highland Beach, and Coast Guard Beach. Head of the Meadow Beach and Highland House Museum are also within 3 mi (5 km).