Crane Beach

Ipswich, Massachusetts 01938

Crane Beach

Crane Beach Professional Review and Guide

"One this hike you will follow the shoreline of one of Massachusetts’s most immaculate beaches. Approaching the marshes of Essex and the coast of Gloucester, you’ll cross into the high dunes of the inner beach and hike back along where the waves meet the beach.

To start your exploration, turn right and lay down some footprints in the sand as you head southeast. Though New England’s beach season is understood to run from the first day of summer through Labor Day, a good many New Englanders know the beach is at its most sublime in autumn. Leashed dogs are permitted October 1– March 31 but restricted to below high-tide line."

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"Traverse wide-open sandy beaches alongside the surf to the deep sands of Crane Beach’s highest inner dunes. If you can break away from your beach chair and the surf long enough to explore, you’ll be rewarded with great coastal views and experience a microclimate within the dunes made possible by the bluffs’ sheltering presence."

"About 4.5 miles SE of Ipswich. Hikes explore Castle neck, traveling ocean and bay shore and rolling across dunes. Mileage markers and numbered stakes aid hikers. Special attractions: Nesting piping plover and least terns; areas of wild and bathing beach; dunes; salt marsh; stunted forest; cranberry bogs; ocean, bay, and Castle Hill views."

"Five miles of trails wind through more than 1,200 acres of whitesand beach and dunes along both sides of Castle Neck."

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Be prepared as this is sand the entire walk. Some nice loops and a few out and back trails. It took us a couple of hours to cover the 6 miles. Enjoyable scenery and beaches the whole time. During the summer months (possibly all year) there is a busy beach car park that cost us $20 to park at cheaper if you are a member of the local trust. The shake shack was closed for the season when we visited mid September. If you go in the fall this drive takes you right past Russel Orchard for apple picking, Hay rides etc.

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Trail Information

Nearby City
Trail Type
Skill Level
3 hours
Swimming, Skiing
Additional Use
The Trustees of Reservations, /places-to-visit, 617-542-7696
Local Contacts
Posted at spots on trails and entry on boardwalks
Local Maps

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Nov 2018