Where: Head of the Meadow Rd, Truro View Map
Water Type: Salt water
Good for: Swimming, Bike Trail, Surfing
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
Carol L.Peabody, MA2 reviewsMember since: Apr 2010
Great beach - immense stretch of sand and easy to get to. Can walk for miles in either direction. You might find some seals nearby. Go after 4:00 and go to the Residents Only side and walk directly on the beach.
Amy F.US2 reviewsMember since: Aug 2017
Our favorite beach. Not too crowded, beautiful long beach with great tidal pools at low tide. Clean facilities and plenty of parking.
Elizabeth S.Schenectady, NY2 reviewsMember since: Aug 2017
The ocean and tide pool are perfect for big and little swimmers.
colleen M.West Point, NY2 reviewsMember since: Aug 2018
This beach was great and because my friend is a military dependent, it was free. :) Nice shoreline along with a tidal pool for the young children to play in. Attentive lifeguards and a nice, clean beach.
Michelle V.Attleboro, MA2 reviewsMember since: Nov 2017
Beautiful clean and sandy beach.Great place for little kids and lots of fun the boogie boarders.
Lorilee C.United States3 reviewsMember since: May 2014
We love this beach because it has the most amazing sandbar and great waves. The calm and shallow water in front of the sandbar provides hours of fun for toddler while the waves entertain the older kids and parents! There are lifeguards both on the beach and the sandbar.
Elizabeth M.Boston, MA2 reviewsMember since: May 2010
Head of Meadow of the Meadow in Truro and Herring Cove in P Town are our two favorites. You can’t beat HotM for beauty. HC parking, on the right, is the most convenient in the Cape if you get there early enough to get it.
Deb N.Waterville, VT2 reviewsMember since: Aug 2017
The beach is gorgeous with large dunes and beautiful views. The seals were hanging out in the sand bar and pools. Bring binoculars and a pack to stay awhile. Park on the far end and walk down the path and up over the dune, you won't be disappointed.
Eberhard K.USA2 reviewsMember since: Sep 2017
Never saw so many seals on the sand bar, day after day.
L T.Newtonville, MA2 reviewsMember since: Aug 2017
The light at Head of the Meadow beach is really beautiful, especially towards the late afternoon.
Karen T.Reading, MA4 reviewsMember since: Mar 2013
Not too crowded and no big rocks at the edge of the water. Sandbar and tons on seals !
Merci M.Albany, NY2 reviewsMember since: Jun 2012
We've been going to this beach for some 25 years - it's always changing and has that old Cape feeling even though the recent sandbars and small pools of water attract more families than in previous decades. We stay on the National Seashore side but take our stuff down on the mobi-mat at the Town side of the beach. There is also a hot dog and taco truck there and an ice cream dude that comes around twice a day. Rare on the ocean side of the Cape.
Elizabeth M.USA2 reviewsMember since: Jan 2017
Great tide pools for the younger kids, as well as decent waves for older kids looking to boogie board!
Dori and Mark J.Abington, MA2 reviewsMember since: Apr 2018
Head of the meadow beach in Truro is where the seals come to rest! Our very favorite! Great surf! Very peaceful. Not crowded.
B M.Troy, NY2 reviewsMember since: Dec 2017
Scenic beach with beautiful dunes. Get there early for parking.
Lee Ann C.Sudbury, MA2 reviewsMember since: Feb 2013
Always easy to get parking, beautiful dunes, young families and a steady stream of seals swimming by.
Rosara T.Manhasset, NY2 reviewsMember 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!
stacey s.Wakefield, MA2 reviewsMember since: Sep 2016
Beach great for kids - awesome surf! everyone enjoyed the taco food truck and ice cream man too. a must go!
Dave M.2 reviewsMember 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.
Cheryl H.Guilford, CT2 reviewsMember since: Jun 2016
Beautiful, natural, less people
Julia V.Staatsburg, NY3 reviewsMember 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.
Megan D.United States2 reviewsMember 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!
Philippe J.USA2 reviewsMember 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.
Heather B.New York, NY2 reviewsMember 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.
Karen H.New Fairfield, CT2 reviewsMember 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!
Kristen E.Rochester, NY2 reviewsMember 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.
Jerry M.2 reviewsMember 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.
Valerie M.Lakeland, FL2 reviewsMember 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.
Kathleen O.Schenectady, NY2 reviewsMember since: Jun 2011
Beautiful beach. Great dunes and sandbar.
Sarah H.Delmont, PA2 reviewsMember 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.
Karen D.Columbus, OH2 reviewsMember 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.
Ann B.Rocky River, OH2 reviewsMember since: Jan 2013
We loved the seals at low tide at Head of the Meadow beach and the Province Lands bike trial is awesome.
Tarri M.Altamont, NY3 reviewsMember 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.
Hilary F.Wexford, PA2 reviewsMember since: Feb 2008
We loved the low tides and sandbars. Great waves. Bike path right there as well.