The Town of Truro is a small, rural community of Lower Cape Cod where the quaint and unique character of "Old Cape Cod" is preserved. Truro is rich in history and strongly tied to the sea.
It is in Truro where the Pilgrims from the Mayflower found a spring from which they drew their first drink of water in the new land, and where they found a cache of Indian corn, at a place named Corn Hill, that saved them from starvation after their first year. Truro possesses beautiful beaches on Cape Cod Bay and some of the most magnificent beaches on the Atlantic Ocean.
A source of inspiration to artists and beachcombers alike, Truro's beaches, dunes and landscape of rolling hills are an attraction to tourists and vacationers. Home to a diverse year-round population, Truro's permanent population includes fishermen, tradesmen and an ever-growing number of retirees.
The town is home of the famous Cape Cod Light, Cape Cod's oldest lighthouse, which was first erected in 1797 and replaced by the current structure in 1857. The national landmark is in danger of falling into the ocean due to erosion unless the town and area citizens receive support and cooperation from the federal and state governments.
With over half of its land area within the Cape Cod National Seashore District, the residents of Truro are dedicated to preserving the special character of this seashore community.
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You'll need a sticker, available to renters in the Beach Commission office behind the Truro Center Post Office, to gain access to just about all of the beaches in Truro. The cost is $10 a year for residents; for nonresidents, it's $20 a week, or $100 for the season. All the town beaches are equipped with portable toilets. If you want the real facilities, go to the National Seashore's portion of Head of the Meadow Beach on the ocean side--Head of the Meadow Beach is owned half by the town and half by the Seashore. Both sides have lifeguards in season, so this is a good choice for families with children. Another plus is that the ice cream truck cruises this lot. If you don't have a beach sticker, you can park at the town portion of Head of the Meadow for a fee. The same goes for Corn Hill Beach, on the bayside; all other Truro beaches require stickers to park.
Also on the ocean side, Ballston Beach and Long Nook Beach are very popular, so you must get there early to get a parking space. Long Nook is quiet and banked by dune cliffs; Ballston requires some walking to get out to the beach, so, if you have lots of gear, carrying it can be awkward. Another Truro beach on the ocean side is Coast Guard Beach (not to be confused with the National Seashore beach by the same name in Eastham). On the bay side, Corn Hill (also on the ice cream truck's route) has plenty of parking and is popular with families. This picturesque beach is right at the mouth of the Pamet River, and you'll see boats heading in and out of the harbor.
At the southern end of town, also on the bay side, is Ryder Beach, which has been something of a well-kept secret. It's a lovely beach but not heavily frequented, so it's a nice choice for those who want to get away from crowds. Just north of that is Fisher Beach, which is nice but has only a tiny parking lot. North of Corn Hill is Great Hollow Beach, which is lovely and quiet, and then Cold Storage Beach, also called Pond Village, which is very popular, so get there early in the day.
On Mass. Rt. 6A near the Provincetown line is Beach Point Landing, often called Topmast because parking is right next to the Topmast Motel.