Cape Cod, MA

Barnstable: Sandy Neck

Sandy Neck is a six mile long barrier beach, comprised of vast dune systems, vernal pools, maritime forests, and a public beach. The park has a significant trail system available to the public. There are trails for horses, off-road vehicles, and walking/hiking. There are beach shelters and a ‘great marsh’.

Sandy Neck Beach

This can be a good area for running, but it can also be challenging. Some trails/sections are firm packed sand, while others are softer sand. It can vary by area and season. It’s also possible to run on the beach, though again, it is season/tide dependent. When it’s not low enough tide, the beach can be rocky. One can put together a several mile, very interesting run in here.  Might be best to consult with the attendant at the gate house, or call 508-362-8300 to find out about trail conditions.

Rather than draw a route map, we’ve included a map of the trail system. It’s 3/4 mile to Trail 1, 1.5 miles to Trail 2, and 4.5 miles to Trail 4.

Trail Map  Tide table


  • Many miles of trails
  • Generally flat
  • Gate house parking lot
  • Rt. 149 to Rt. 6A, then 3 miles to Sandy Neck Rd. and gate house. Some parking at gate house