When driving down Route 495 and witnessing the Cape Cod
traffic building up 30 miles out from the Bourne Bridge, a collective
sigh of relief took place when taking the Route 24 exit going south to
Horseneck Beach State Reservation in Dartmouth, Mass.
Horseneck Beach in Westport, Massachusetts: An Underrated New
by Eric J. Hurwitz. Article updated on July 28, 2017.
Horseneck Beach, Westport,
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Route 24 to Route 195 to Route 88, en route to the Massachusetts South
Coast and away from Cape Cod, was virtually free of traffic congestion
on this sunny summer Saturday morning. When arriving at the Horseneck
Beach parking lot, we paid $8 for parking ($12 for out-of-state
visitors, sorry) -- about half the price of many other area public
ocean beaches -- and easily found a space in the parking lot.
Why don't more people -- beyond the residents of the South Coast --
know about Horseneck Beach? Yes, the beach can get mighty crowded but
the 600 acres, two mile beach allows for everyone to find a spot. The
beach is sandy, the waves with just enough kick, the dunes classic New
England coastal-scenic, and the overall upkeep of this state-run beach
tremendous with many lifeguards, changing areas and restrooms, and
snack bars. This is a very underrated family beach beach and certainly one of the
best in Massachusetts. What's more, campers can take delight in knowing
there's a 100-site campground on the reservation. You can also find
trails for walking and biking and opportunities to fish or go boating
It's a summer great day in New England when the traffic is manageable
and the beach is beautiful!
Horseneck Beach is located at 5 John Reed Rd., Route 88, at Westport
Point in Westport MA. For more info including hours of operation and
weather conditions, call (508) 636-8816.
Lodging close to Horseneck Beach: Book a room at the Hampton Inn Fall River/Westport
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