Since all of these Cape Cod attractions are near the tip of Cape Cod, everything is located within easy reach from North of Highland Camping Area.
North of Highland Camping Area is perfectly situated near the tip of Cape Cod, surrounded by the Cape Cod National Seashore in the peaceful beach setting of North Truro, Massachusetts. Truro’s nearby Cape Cod beaches are some of the finest found anywhere on the East Coast, making them some of the most popular Cape Cod attractions. Spending a relaxing day along the endless pristine shoreline either sunning on the sand or paying in the ocean waves is all the more enjoyable because of the quiet and scenic beauty of the undisturbed dunes, beach grasses and pine trees throughout this natural setting that makes North Truro camping so special. Yet amidst all this natural wonder we are still only a few minutes away (just nine miles by car or bicycle) from the bustling shops, and myriad of restaurants, bars and art galleries of both Provincetown and Wellfleet. You get the best of both worlds – staying close to Provincetown camping in the peace and quiet of North Truro, all within convenient walking distance of some of best beaches on Cape Cod, Massachusetts. There is no better location…
Walk to Nearby Head of the Meadow Beach
Perfect for swimming and surfing near the sandbars, or simply relaxing in the sun, Head of the Meadow Beach is one of the Cape Cod attractions you will definitely not want to miss. The beach is only a short 1/2 mile walk down the National Park’s beach path from North of Highland Camping Area. Since we are nestled in the pine trees along the narrow “wrist” of Cape Cod you are still only a couple of miles away from Truro’s famous bayside beaches too, so you will have no shortage of things to do on Cape Cod camping at North of Highland.
Ride or Walk Along the Scenic Head of the Meadow Bike Trail
This paved bike trail through the Cape Cod National Seashore Park has scenic views of the beach dunes, and is only a half mile from North of Highland Camping Area. The two mile trail winds from Head of the Meadow Beach over to High Head Beach. Along the way you will see the beautiful Cape Cod landscape including Salt Meadow pond and a variety of wild flowers, and other indigenous plants. You will also pass by the short Pilgrim Spring hiking trail, which leads to the historic spring that provided the early pilgrims with their first fresh water on Cape Cod. So bring your sense of adventure and your bicycle along with you for even more “Cape Cod things to do”.
Close to Everything…
Convienently Experience All of the Things to Do in Cape Cod’s Most Historically Quaint Towns of Truro, Wellfleet and Provincetown Camping at Nearby North of Highland:
Choose from a wide selection of Cape Cod restaurants and dining options, ranging from fine dining to casual fare and of course seafood!
You won’t typically find large chain restaurants anywhere on the Outer Cape. Instead here you’ll find a diverse array of restaurants, cafes, diners, local bar and grills serving fresh seafood, and plenty of other options from Italian to Portuguese cuisine as well as American standards. There are local bakeries and ice cream shops as well. On Cape Cod our idea of fast food is fried seafood (clams, oysters, shrimp or flounder), cheese burgers, rolled sandwich and everything in between.
Unique local shops offer an amazing variety. Commercial Street in Provincetown for example has specialty shops and fashions ranging from trendy boutiques to antiques and beachwear; there are jewelery stores and leather shops, game stores and military surplus, stores with kites and stores renting bikes.
There are book stores and home furnishings, kitchy adult themed stores and urban fashions, surf shops, and an array of beach inspired souvenirs and shells. Each town has local package stores with a wide selection of wines, alcohol and beer as well as bakeries, fresh fruits and produce markets, and of course our fresh seafood markets. Provincetown also has a large Stop & Shop grocery store and both Truro and Wellfleet have smaller local groceries and convenience stores.
You’ll find it all nearby, and for your added convenience, during our busy season North of Highland Camping Area has an onsite camp store carrying a variety of camping staples and groceries such as milk, bread, ice, drinks, candy and snacks, plus camping equipment, books and other activities.
If ART is your passion, you can spend days perusing the wide variety of art galleries in the area showcasing varied works from many talented local artists. You’ll find galleries with paintings and mixed media, but also photography, and clay, glass, and metalwork. Many items are inspired by the natural Cape Cod landscape, while others are bold cutting edge inspirations. The art galleries of Provincetown and Wellfleet are well known Cape Cod attractions for the artistic minded. When it comes to art, there is something here for everyone.
AND MUCH MORE…
NEARBY CAPE COD ATTRACTIONS & ACTIVITIES:
Explore Cape Cod…
Visit Truro Vineyards
See the local wildlife
Museums: Explore the Rich History of Cape Cod
Go Deep Sea Fishing or Rent a Charter Boat
Climb Pilgrim Monument
Golf Historic Highland Links Golf Course
Surf the Waves Along the Shore and Sandbars
Walk the Barrier Jettie
Rent Boats, Kayaks or Surfboards
Live Music & Variety of Performances
Biking and Walking Trails
More Details About Some of These Cape Cod Attractions:
- Cape Cod National Seashore
- Pilgrim Monument
- Whale Watching
- Jettie Barrier
- Highland Light
- Truro's Center for the Arts at Castle Hill
- Performing Arts
- Shipwrecks and Pirate's Treasure
- Golfing at Highland Links
- More Cape Cod Bike Trails and Walking Paths
The Cape Cod National Seashore: This is one of the absolute must see Cape Cod attractions extending for 40 miles along the Cape Cod coastline through the towns of Eastham, Wellfleet, Truro, North Truro, and Provincetown. The park features pristine Cape Cod beaches as well as low land marshes, kettle ponds, cranberry bogs and rolling uplands. Although there are no campgrounds in the Cape Cod National Seashore camping is available in North Truro at North of Highland Camping Area which is a private campground that is completely surrounded by the natural beauty of the Cape Cod National Seashore park near Head of the Meadow Beach. North of Highland campground on Cape Cod first opened in 1954 a few years before the Cape Cod National Seashore was first established in 1961, so the park has been protecting the land all around the Cape Cod campground for over 50 years and counting. The National Park has two educational Visitor’s Centers, the Salt Pond Visitor Center in Eastham and the Provincelands Visitor Center on Race Point Road in Provincetown offering a number of Ranger guided Cape Cod activities and tours, as well as educational videos and talks.
Pilgrim Monument: Climb the tallest all granite structure in the United States, up 116 steps and 60 ramps to reach the top of the 252 foot tower with dramatic views overlooking downtown Provincetown and it’s harbor. The 360 degree views make the five to ten minute climb well worth the effort, as one of the most popular Cape Cod attractions.
Whale Watching: One of the most memorable things to do on Cape Cod is to see the whales swimming up close. Although the whale watching boats cannot promise that you will see whales on every trip, most whale watching excursions have several sightings, and frequently the views are stunning with whales breaching very close to the ships, making whale watching one of the unforgettable Cape Cod attractions for kids and adults alike. The tours generally take between 3 and 4 hours, with much of that time spent motoring toward the whale grounds and then returning to port. Added bonuses are seeing the very tip of Cape Cod and Provincetown harbor from the water out in the bay.
Jettie Barrier: Walk out along the Provincetown jettie barrier to the very end of Cape Cod. Wear comfortable shoes and be prepared for some challenging footing as you navigate across the large and sometimes uneven barrier rocks. You’ll be rewarded with an amazing view of the tidal inlet and will probably find a number of muscles, snails and starfish along the water’s edge along and between the rocks.
Highland Light: Cape Cod’s oldest and most historic light house was built in 1767 to protect ships from the dangers of the shifting sandbars off the Truro beaches. You may tour the lighthouse and climb the 69 steps to reach the top platform, rewarding you with a full 360 degree view of Cape Cod. The lighthouse which was essential in protecting tens of thousands ships from Truro’s beaches and sandbars over the years was moved 450 further from the eroding cliff edge in 1996 during an 18 day lifting and moving process. Even though the lighthouse is no longer dangerously close to the edge of the ocean cliffs, Highland light is still one of the more impressive Cape Cod attractions to see in Truro.
Truro’s Center for the Arts at Castle Hill: Truro with its incredible lighting and natural landscape has long been an inspiration to artists, including the world renown artist Edward Hopper, who had a summer home in Truro. You can join in Truro’s artistic community with Castle Hill’s art exhibits, lectures, and instructional workshops in painting, mixed media, clay, print making, sculpture, jewelry, photography and writing.
Truro’s Payomet Performing Arts Center and Theater provides a venue for professionally staged performances, attracting nationally recognized talent and Grammy-winning music artists on a local stage as well as circus arts for children. There are also a number of live music and comedic performances occurring regularly in a variety of Wellfleet and Provincetown bars and dance clubs.
Shipwrecks and Pirate’s Treasure: See and learn about the real life treasures and artifacts recovered from the Wydah pirate shipwreck on display at the Wydah Museum on the end of MacMillan Warf in Provincetown or you can explore shipwreck remains on your own at low tide by spotting the remnants of vessels that have been captured in the shifting sandbars along some of Truro’s oceanside beaches including the 1872 shipwreck of the Frances along the Head of the Meadow Beach sandbar.
Golfing at Highland Links: Play a memorable round of golf on Cape Cod’s oldest golf course, founded in 1892. This true 9 hole links golf course in the Scottish tradition has open, unirrigated fairways. The breeze off the ocean often adds an element of difficulty, especially along the bluffs that dramatically overlook the Atlantic Ocean. The Highland Lighthouse offers a picturesque backdrop to hole #7, while the closing hole #9 with its tricky two-tiered putting green runs along side of the historic Highland House which now serves as the Truro lighthouse museum.
More Cape Cod Trails: Aside from the Head of the Meadow Bike Path, there are a number of excellent Bicycle and walking trails in the area. The 5.25 mile Provincelands Trail in Provincetown loops through the Cape Cod National Seashore with outstanding views of the coastal dunes and shoreline, as well as cranberry bogs, marshes, and salt water kettle ponds. Portions of the trail are hilly, so it may be difficult for some riders. Another great bike trail is the 25 mile Cape Cod Rail Trail that runs along the old train route from Wellfleet to South Dennis.
Explore Picturesque Cape Cod Beaches and Coastal Scenery
And See Cape Cod’s Active Harbors