We visited Sandy Neck beach on a mild winter’s day. We were not the only visitors. A number of others strolled the beach, but with 6.5 miles of beach to walk, it was not crowded. Unlike most beaches, Sandy Neck allows, with multiple conditions, motorized vehicles and horses on certain portions of this beach. It is not every beach that requires stop signs. Permits are required to access these trails with motorized vehicles.
What we were most interested to check out was the Dunes trail.
The entrance to the trail appeared to be firm enough for our tandem bicycle, and if so, we hoped on another trip to bring our bike and be able to see more of the dunes, forests and marshland.
The solid footing on the trail soon became soft sand, which was not too surprising, considering the huge sand dunes that abutted the path. We didn’t get far because of the sand, but were able to get some nice views of the marsh, which was criss-crossed by narrow dikes.
These had clearly been made by earlier settlers of this area.
Marsh hay was a valuable source of feed for animals, and the dikes allowed for better control of access for these marshes when it was time to harvest the hay. The wide open spaces offer great opportunities for bird watching. We were told that eagles had been recently sighted in the area, but were not lucky enough to spot any the day we visited.
Additional trails are available and perhaps on another visit we will be able to discover more of what this special place has to offer. And spring is nearly here. Happy trails!
Marjorie Turner Hollman is a personal historian who loves the outdoors, and is the author of Easy Walks in Massachusetts, 2nd edition, More Easy Walks in Massachusetts, 2nd edition, and editor of Easy Walks and Paddles in the Ten Mile River Watershed. Just out is her latest book, Finding Easy Walks Wherever You Are. She has been a freelance writer for numerous local, regional, and national publications for the past 20+ years, has helped numerous families to save their stories, and has recorded multiple veterans oral histories, now housed at the Library of Congress. She is a co-author of the recent community history, Bellingham Now and Then.