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Head of the Meadow

Where: Head of the Meadow Rd, Truro

Water Type: Salt water

Type: Surf

  • Amenities:
  • ParkingParking
  • LifeguardsLifeguards
  • BathBath

Good for: Swimming, Bike Trail, Surfing

About Head of the Meadow: This visually stunning beach is home to some surf that is great for both surfing and body surfing. The beach is sandy and is a nice spot to relax, it is also roomy enough so that it allows space for various beach games. One interesting feature of this beach is that at low tide you may be able to view part of an old ship wreck. Parking is available for a $15 daily fee and although there are no concessions on site an ice cream trunk routinely comes through with snacks and drinks available for pu

Reviews (18 reviews total)

Manhasset, NY
2 reviews
Member since: Sep 2016


We had the ability to park in both the National Parks lot and the Town lot which was awesome because we had guests with National Park passes and guests with a Town pass!

Wakefield, MA
2 reviews
Member since: Sep 2016


Beach great for kids - awesome surf! everyone enjoyed the taco food truck and ice cream man too. a must go!

2 reviews
Member since: Jan 2014


The various tides offer great dunes and safe areas for smaller children.
Best of both worlds: Waves for surfers and boogie boards and at low tide a water basin protected by a sand bar.
Get Cape Cod National Seashore Season Pass ($60): Unlimited parking access to Coast Guard, Marconi and Nauset Light (to name a few0.
At National Parks get campfire pass for evening beach fire (only 3 available per beach per day)- no cost. Go early in the morning b/t 7:30-8am. Offices opens at 9am.

Guilford, CT
2 reviews
Member since: Jun 2016


Beautiful, natural, less people

Staatsburg, NY
3 reviews
Member since: Jun 2014


It's a little bit of a drive, but you can always get into the parking lot, which is often a problem at Nauset Light. Also, Nauset Light was quite rocky this year, whereas Head of the Meadow is sandier.

United States
2 reviews
Member since: Jun 2015


We love all of the National Seashore beaches, but this was our favorite this year. No rocks, perfect fine sand and not crowded at all!

2 reviews
Member since: Feb 2013


The best of all beaches after 9 years of returning to the Outer Cape. It has consistenly been the best for the surf, the sand bar, skim-boarding, the sandcastles and the respectful crowd.

New York, NY
2 reviews
Member since: Aug 2015


Head of the Meadow is the perfect beach for us. It combines the surf you expect at the National Seashore with the calmer tide pools and sand bars that develop as the tide goes out. With 2 boys (11 and 13), this means that we don't have to have an eagle eye on them like we would at a beach like Marconi. The lifeguards are totally on the ball and attentive as well. Lastly, the taco truck that parks on the Truro town beach side is delicious.

New Fairfield, CT
2 reviews
Member since: Dec 2012


This beach is our favorite beach on the Cape. The untouched beauty of the seashore is breathtaking! We enjoy early mornings there with our breakfast and coffee while the kids run and explore!

Rochester, NY
2 reviews
Member since: Feb 2009


Any of the Cape Cod National Seashore Beaches are beautiful, but this one is my favorite with its sand bars and dunes and lovely views.

2 reviews
Member since: Aug 2015


The beach is clean with a nice surf on most days to body surf. If you are lucky you may see seals cruising by. Like most beaches you may need to bring along some fly spray.

Lakeland, FL
2 reviews
Member since: May 2014


I saw dunes, and hills with waves and calms. I found sea glass...I live in Florida with some of the highest rated beaches and this by far was the most picturesque.

Schenectady, NY
2 reviews
Member since: Jun 2011


Beautiful beach. Great dunes and sandbar.

Delmont, PA
2 reviews
Member since: Feb 2014


We went to the National Seashore side and the far north side of the parking lot with the path through the dunes to the unguarded area. We had the beach to ourselves most days compared to the large crowd just 1/4 mile away at the Truro side of Head of the Meadow. There were no rocks, large tidal pools to play in and lots of seals to watch. The unguarded beaches are dog friendly as well.

Columbus, OH
2 reviews
Member since: Aug 2014


Beautiful sandy beach and the Truro area had a matted walkway. We were able to get a fire permit and really enjoyed having a fire at the beach, watching the seals playing off the shore and there was a nice sandbar when the tide was out.

Rocky River, OH
2 reviews
Member since: Jan 2013


We loved the seals at low tide at Head of the Meadow beach and the Province Lands bike trial is awesome.

Altamont, NY
2 reviews
Member since: Aug 2013


Visited Head of the Meadow for the 1st time this year. During low tide there is a shallow strip of water between beach and sand bar that appears, making it perfect for families with little ones.

Wexford, PA
2 reviews
Member since: Feb 2008


We loved the low tides and sandbars. Great waves. Bike path right there as well.