Head of the Meadow Beach

Head of the Meadow Rd, North Truro, MA 02652
A large lifeguard station towers over Head of the Meadow Beach in Truro, Cape Cod.

One of the most popular beaches on Cape Cod, Head of the Meadow Beach features windswept dunes, breathtaking ocean views and plenty of parking. The surf can be rough at times, but the receding tide exposes a sand bar that is great for kids to explore and splash around in. Seals are common, as well as the occasional shark that they attract. If you’re lucky you might also spot passing whales.

There are two large parking lots, so parking is rarely an issue. The east lot is run by the town and requires either a Truro beach pass or a daily fee. The larger west lot is run by the National Seashore and requires either a National Seashore annual pass or a daily fee. The town lot has portable toilets in season, while the National Seashore lot features full restroom facilities.


Town parking lot: 165 spaces

  • Daily $25
  • 1-week $100
  • 2-week $150
  • 3-week $200
  • 4-week $250
  • Season $300
  • Season (Resident) $25

National Seashore parking lot: 275 spaces

  • Daily (Car) $25
  • Daily (Foot/Bike) $15
  • Season $60 (Valid for all 6 National Seashore beaches)
Lifeguards in season
Restroom facilities
Dogs prohibited between 9am – 6pm from the third Saturday in June through Labor Day. Additional temporary bans on pets are occasionally put in place to protect nesting birds. Check posted signage.
Heavy crowds
Cool salt water