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Truro offers some of the most secluded and beautiful beaches open to the public on Cape Cod. There are miles and miles of continuous sand beaches, which remain largely undisturbed and undeveloped. Plan on spending a few moments admiring one of Cape Cod's dramatic ocean sunrises or sunsets; or enjoy an evening campfire (Obtain permit at Truro police station on day of fire). They will be among your fondest memories of the Cape. Beaches may not be guarded so please use good judgment. Never swim alone; and watch children carefully.
Like most towns on Cape Cod, parking at many Truro beaches is somewhat limited. From the hours of approximately 9:30 in the morning until 4:30 in the afternoon during July and August, many Truro beaches require a Town of Truro beach-parking permit.
The sheer beauty and power of the ocean can be found on Truro's ocean side beaches, where you can play in the waves or walk out on the sandbars; catch rays on the beach or fish in the surf.
Longnook Beach is located at the base of a sizable dune, providing a spectacular elevated view of the ocean. The dune, however, also means that beach goers are in for a somewhat formidable climb at the end of the day. Parking at Longnook is quite limited and is restricted to vehicles displaying a long-term Truro beach-parking permit. If you have a Truro beach sticker come early or prepare to be turned away. Even if you don't purchase a beach permit, you should visit Longnook during off-hours, as the view from the top is worth the effort. The beach is typically very narrow, with waves often brushing the base of the dune at high tide. When the waves are breaking, come watch the locals ride the surf.
Ballston Beach is nestled along the dunes at the end of Pamet Road in Truro. Like Longnook, parking at Ballston is also limited, with parking restricted to vehicles displaying a long-term Truro beach-parking permit. Just before the main parking lot on the right, you'll see a half dozen marked parking spaces. The 1/3 mile trail from there leads to a generally less crowed beach and is a very pleasant walk. As with the others, Ballston is an attractive, clean beach, offering ample opportunity to swim and enjoy the sun.
Race Point Beach. Provincetown was recently listed as the sixth best beach location in the US, and dramatic Race Point may be one reason why. Here the Cape Cod Bay waters meet wild Atlantic Ocean waves to create a roiling surge called "The Race." Not always safe for small boats, it's probably no accident that this beach contains the Race Point Lifesaving Museum. But it is well guarded in season, has a bath house, and is an overall good location for sunning and swimming. It can also be quite windy here, adding to the feeling that you are facing the elemental ocean at the end of the world.
Truro's peaceful bay beaches offer warmer, calmer waters, which are ideal for children and windsurfers alike.
Corn Hill Beach
The long, narrow sand beach borders the low-running, crabgrass covered sand dunes, just north of Pamet Harbor. The shallow, sloping ocean floor and the typically calm, warmer waters provide the ideal environment for families with small children or senior adults. This is the only bayside Truro town beach, which is open to the public for a daily parking fee. Parking at Corn Hill is generally plentiful. Wade along the warm ocean inlets, which flow behind the beach for a more secluded change of pace. Clam and oysters can be found nearby (with proper licenses). Corn Hill the historic location where the Pilgrims found a cache of Indian corn, which fed them through their first winter, is also nearby.
This is the informal name for the collection of continuous sand beaches, which run along the bay side of Truro. There is not a designated parking area for this beach, but as a result, in many sections you will find fewer beach goers here competing for the beauty of the ocean bay. The beach gradually slopes into the water, providing shallow water for your recreation, particularly during low tides.
Parking and Off-Road Permits
As guest in our home you are entitled to purchase long-term parking passes for the lots at all Truro beaches. The town sets up a seasonal office on Route 6A in North Truro (next to the North Truro Post office). Take Route 6 toward Provincetown and a left onto Route 6A. Look for the beach parting office and post office on you left about a half mile down the road.
The rates are:
You can also purchase the necessary off-road permits for 4-wheel vehicles if you wish to drive on the beaches.
Beaches and Parking
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