Sandy Neck

Barnstable, Massachusetts 02634

Sandy Neck

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Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"A 6-mile-long spit of dunes lines the south shore of Cape Cod Bay,
stretching along its northern margin. Beach grass and twisted pitch
pines grow inland between rolling swales of sand, separated from
the mainland by a large saltwater marsh."

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Discover Cape Cod (Appalachian Mountain Club Books)
Michael O'Connor
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"Sandy Neck is a classic Massachusetts coastal barrier, similar in structure to Nauset Beach and Great Island in Orleans and Wellfleet, respectively, and Crane Beach in Ipswich on Boston’s North Shore. Each protects an inland marsh/estuary system; the collection of tidal creeks and cordgrass that sprawls between the backside of Sandy Neck and the mainland is nourished by Barnstable Harbor, an inlet of Cape Cod Bay and Scorton Creek, which extends from the upper bay. As the weather warms, this fish-rich environment draws migrating osprey, whose nest poles can be easily seen from the Marsh Trail, the main hiking route leading from the Sandy Hook gatehouse."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
50 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
1-2 Days
Try to visit in spring or fall as vehicles are allowed on the beach during the summer and dozens of RVs and truck campers stay along its entire length, significantly detracting from the wilderness experience.
20 feet
Trailhead Elevation
Top Elevation
Sandy Neck Beach Park, Town of Barnstable, 425 Sandy Neck Road, Barn- stable, MA 02668, 508-362-8300 (gatehouse), 508-790-6272 (main office/ off-season),
Local Contacts
Map of Sandy Neck, Town of Barnstable
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