The Moors - Herring Cove
Beach Access Trail connects from Rt 6A, Province Land Road, to the gay male part of
Herring Cove Beach. Continue southeast down the beach to the nude area.
There is no sign for the Trail on Rt 6A. See the map above for
the Trail's location. Look for parked bikes. There is no automobile parking nearby
but bikes can be locked to the fence along the road by the Trail entrance. The Trail
is slightly shorter than walking down the beach from the NPS, Herring Cove Beach parking
lot and is more interesting.
There are no markers along the Trail but by noon on nice days there
are many hikers to follow. Despite appearances, it is hard to get lost. Bear
to the left as you approach the beach dune ridge.
The path is mostly clean sand with occasional gravel, pebbles or
grass. Most people walk barefooted. Some use rubber booties designed for the
purpose. Others use whatever footwear they don't mind getting wet. At low tide
the Trail is above water but the sand is usually moist and will not burn your feet.
The dry sand on the beach and the dunes can be very hot. At high tide the Trail is
mostly under 6 to 12 inches of water and there is a waist deep, 100 foot wide section as
you approach the beach dune ridge. Walking through water is strenuous.
Once you get to the dune ridge by the beach, you can either go over
the dune and walk down the beach or continue down the marsh side of the dune ridge.
The trek will take about 20 - 35 minutes depending on how far down
the beach you go and your speed which is affected by the tide.