Visitors to Truro can access beautiful beaches, learn the history of the area, sample wines at the local winery, enjoy music and theatre, all in this vacation community just a few miles from the northern tip of Cape Cod. English colonists named the town after Truro in Cornwall, United Kingdom.
Truro Chamber of Commerce, P.O. Box 26, North Truro
- Head of the Meadow, Head of the Meadow Road: Ocean
- High Head, High Head Road: Ocean
- Ballston, South Pamet Road: Ocean
- Coast Guard, Coast Guard Road: Ocean
- Cold Storage, Cold Storage Road: Bay
- Corn Hill, Corn Hill Road: Bay
- Fisher Road, Fisher Road: Bay
- Great Hollow, Great Hollow Road: Bay
- Longnook, Longnook Road: Ocean
Head of the Meadow and High Head beaches are operated by the National Park Service. Head of the Meadow charges an entrance fee. High Head is free but has limited parking.
The other beaches listed above are operated by the Town of Truro and require a beach sticker in season. The beach office is open in season (3rd Saturday in June to Labor Day) at 36 Shore Road, Truro.
For additional beach information, contact www.truro-ma.gov/truro-beach-office.
- Highland Light, 27 Highland Light Road, North Truro – Cape Cod’s oldest lighthouse sits 120 feet above the ocean and can be seen by ships from 23 miles out to sea.
- Highland House Museum, 6 Highland Light Road, North Truro – go back to the past with this collection of artifacts, images, and historical documents on display. Check website for special exhibitions.
- Cobb Archive, 13 Truro Center Road, Truro – this 1912 building, built in the Arts and Crafts style, originally served as the town’s first true public library.
Arts and Entertainment
- Payomet Performing Arts Center, 9 Old Dewline Road, North Truro – enjoy national talent on the local stage, from Grammy-winning music artists to fully staged professional theatre productions.
- Truro Center for the Arts at Castle Hill, 10 Meetinghouse Road, Truro – with a mission to foster the arts and crafts by providing a wide range of instruction for adults and children, Castle Hill holds exhibitions, lectures, forums, concerts and related activities to promote social interaction among artists, craftsmen, and the community.
The Truro Recreation and Beach Department offers summer youth programs. For more information, 508-487-1632 or www.truro-ma.gov/recreation-beach-department.
Biking – Head of the Meadow Bike Trail is a 1.6-mile route between Head of the Meadow and High Head.
Walking/Hiking – for a complete list of hiking within the National Seashore: www.nps.gov/caca/planyourvisit/guide-to-trails.htm
- Pamet Area Trail, ½ mile trail from parking lot at end of North Pamet Road. Bearberry Hill overlook offers views of Pamet landscape, with views of the Atlantic and the glacial terrain of the Pamet valley. Pilgrim Spring Trail, a ¾ mile loop leading from the Pilgrim Heights area. The trail winds through the recovering pine and oak forest and passes a marker that commemorates the Pilgrims exploration of the area. Small’s Swamp Trail, a ¾ mile loop from Pilgrim Heights. Walk begins at the covered shelter. Chosen by native people as living sites for thousands of years for water, protection and food sources, early European settlers also sought to make a living on this landscape. The forest here now hides most, but not all, of the former land uses in this area.
- Woods Walk at Highlands Center, a 1-mile walk off Old Dewline Road, North Truro. The trail winds through the back woods of the Highlands Center with Arts, Science and Education facilities. It all offers a glimpse of the Cold War past amidst forest, heathlands, and dramatic ocean bluffs.
Other Points of Interest
Truro Public Library, 7 Standish Way, North Truro, 508-487-1125, www.trurolibrary.org