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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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Lodging Near Head of the Meadow Beach

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Lis Sur Mer

Lis Sur Mer

25 Knowles Heights Rd, North Truro
3.5 out of 5.0

Nestled on the beach, this North Truro cottage is 1.6 mi (2.5 km) from Truro Vineyards of Cape Cod and 2.4 mi (3.8 km) from Highland Lighthouse. Head of the Meadow Beach and Coast Guard Beach are also within 3 mi (5 km).

Outer Reach Resort

Outer Reach Resort

535 Route 6, North Truro
3.7
of 5, from 189 reviews
2.5 out of 5.0

Situated in North Truro, this hotel is 2.3 mi (3.7 km) from Truro Vineyards of Cape Cod and 3.1 mi (5 km) from Highland Lighthouse. Head of the Meadow Beach and Highland House Museum are also within 3 mi (5 km).

Top Mast Resort

Top Mast Resort

209 Shore Rd, North Truro
4.5
of 5, from 147 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Nestled on the beach, this North Truro hotel is 2.1 mi (3.3 km) from Truro Vineyards of Cape Cod and 2.9 mi (4.6 km) from Highland Lighthouse. Head of the Meadow Beach and Coast Guard Beach are also within 3 mi (5 km).

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Cape View Motel

Cape View Motel

364 State Highway Route 6, North Truro
3.7
of 5, from 33 reviews
2.5 out of 5.0

Situated near the beach, this motel is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from Truro Vineyards of Cape Cod and 1.3 mi (2.2 km) from Highland Lighthouse. Highland House Museum and Payomet Performing Arts Center are also within 2 mi (3 km).

Sandcastle Resort and Club

Sandcastle Resort and Club

929 Commercial Street, Provincetown
3.5
of 5, from 280 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Nestled on the beach, this Provincetown condo resort is 1.5 mi (2.4 km) from Provincetown Theater and 2.3 mi (3.8 km) from Pilgrim Monument. MacMillian Wharf and MacMillan Pier are also within 3 mi (5 km).

361 Shore Rd House - 3 Br home by RedAwning

361 Shore Rd House - 3 Br home by RedAwning

361 Shore Rd, North Truro
3.5 out of 5.0

Situated in North Truro, this vacation home is 2.8 mi (4.4 km) from Truro Vineyards of Cape Cod and 2.9 mi (4.7 km) from Head of the Meadow Beach. Pilgrim Monument and Highland Lighthouse are also within 6 mi (10 km).

Pet Friendly Private Beach Home, A/c, Wifi,

Pet Friendly Private Beach Home, A/c, Wifi,

11 Alden Cir, North Truro
5.0
of 5, from 1 reviews
0.0 out of 5.0

Situated by the ocean, this property is within 1 mi (2 km) of Truro Vineyards of Cape Cod and Highland Lighthouse. Highland House Museum and Payomet Performing Arts Center are also within 1 mi (2 km).

Spacious Beach Front Condo With Spectacular Views of Cape Cod Bay

Spacious Beach Front Condo With Spectacular Views of Cape Cod Bay

372 Shore Road, North Truro
4.8
of 5, from 4 reviews
0.0 out of 5.0

Situated on the beach, this property is within 3 mi (5 km) of Provincetown Theater, Truro Vineyards of Cape Cod, and Head of the Meadow Beach. Pilgrim Monument and Highland Lighthouse are also within 6 mi (10 km).