Sandy Neck Beach
Sandy Neck Beach information
The barrier beach at Sandy Neck extends 6.5 miles along Cape Cod Bay, backed the entire way by undulating dunes and a scenic salt marsh. It's a destination for all sorts of recreational activities: brisk summer swimming, year-round hiking, and saltwater fishing.
The dunes, which reach heights of 100ft, provide a habitat for red foxes, shorebirds and wildflowers. From four points along the beach, hiking trails cross inland over the dunes to a path skirting the salt marsh. Depending on which cross-trail you take, you can make a loop of beach, dunes and marsh in a round-trip hike of 2 to 13 miles. Even the shortest hike, which takes about 90 minutes, is rewarding. Pick up a trail map at the gatehouse; ask about high tide, which affects the marsh trail. Parking is free from September to May, $15 to $20 in season.