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“September peace”

Head of the Meadow Trail
Reviewed September 28, 2013

I am not a beach goer per se. I love to walk on uncrowded beaches early or late in the day. Yes Recent storms have changed the terrain leaving a huge sandbar with a wide and deep chasm between the main beach and the ocean and yes the sandbar will be under water at high tide. Some of the sandbars now provide an island for resting grey seals ( please do not invade their space). A beautiful spot . You can see the power of nature and the effects of weather on our coast line.

Thank ctjustdoit
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Reviewed September 9, 2013

We visited Race Point, Herring Cove and Head of the Meadow, and this last one was my favourite. Something to know is that there are 2 parking lots...one of which is right on the beach while the other you have to climb over the dunes to get to the beach. The dunes are huge and beautiful. We bought a day pass for $15 for the car (4 passengers) and we were able to use the pass for all the beaches.

1  Thank MinigirlPicton
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Reviewed August 28, 2013

There is something about the land around here, the dunes, the national seashore and this trail that are just peaceful and lovely to look at and be part of.

Thank 13Linda1111
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Reviewed August 25, 2013

Definitely one of the best beaches on the Cape. I'm used to beaches with small dunes ....but not here....the dunes here are magnificent! Bring your camera!
The beach is a short drive from P'town, Truro, and other Cape towns ....we were inclined to just stay on the beach in front of our hotel, but am so happy we drove out to Head of the Meadow.

There's also a sandbar running along the beach/shore which cuts into the beach and seems to be its own beach which makes the whole setting that much more serene! Great added benefit are all the seal sightings!

Thank Craig K
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Reviewed August 21, 2013

Head of the Meadow has been our favorite beach for years...until our visit today. We were told by the lifeguard that the winter storms (I believe a blizzard on 2/9/13) changed the shoreline.

There is now a sandbar that serves as the only direct beach access to the ocean. The problem is a long and large channel separates you and the ocean beach/sandbar. Your only option to get to the sandbar is to swim and yes, its over adult's heads. Outer cape water is very cold. First you have to be brave enough to get completely wet and then try the challenge of bringing chairs, boogie boards, coolers etc. to the other side. We braved the swimming and got out to the shoreline with some of our stuff (but not all of it) and left most things behind. Because it was a very hot day, we survived but I've been to this beach many times when it was not such a hot day and there would be no way to swim out on cooler or colder days. Some people had kyacks or stand up boards which served them well but most of us don't go to the beach prepared to trek to the water.

Some people with young children might prefer the new coastline because it provides an inlet free of waves, sharks, seals or anything else you might worry about at the ocean. The young children did seem to be enjoying the swimming there.

It might have just been the warmth of today but Head of the Meadow used to have big waves and seemed like the ominous amazing ocean. Now its a series of sandbars and it seems like the coastline change has changed where the waves break so now there aren't any waves.

By the time our day was over we all felt like we had gone through a workout with trips back and forth through the channel by my sons and husband to get food etc. from our area on the outer sand. Its hard enough to get from the parking lot, over the dunes and to the beach but now you have to swim through cold water to get to the sandbar beach if you want to be near the ocean water. I noticed that it was a good thing that most people did not brave the cold swim because there really wouldn't be room on the sandbar for everyone.

Head of the Meadow was always great because you could often feel like you were there nearly alone but not now. I also thought about how my parents 80 & 82 would never be able to enjoy walking the shore because you have to swim to get to it.

The change in coastline is a reminder that mother nature is in charge but it was a huge disappointment for us. We look forward to this beach every year and now are feeling a loss.

4  Thank Joyanne_11
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