The dune trails at Crane Beach

Crane Beach and all of Castle Neck are protected by the Trustees of Reservations. Cooler days are the perfect time to hike the miles of dune trail, accessible from the Crane Beach parking lot. The loop begins at the green trail entrance on the far right side of the Crane Beach parking lot.

The green trail is the nearest and shortest trail at Castle neck, and crosses a pitch pine forest twice.

The green trail is the nearest and shortest trail at Castle neck, and crosses a pitch pine forest twice.

The trail to Wigwam Hill

The trails are marked at each intersection. This is a fork on the red trail.

Even with several miles of trails, you won’t get lost. Forks are well-marked and include a map showing you where you are.

Photo by Deb Wysong,

A view of the ocean as you top one of the taller dunes.

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A trail about two miles into the dunes

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View of Essex Bay from one of the higher dunes on the west side

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One of the trails from the dunes to the beach

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