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 trail to Wigwam Hill
Even with several miles of trails, you won’t get lost. Forks are well-marked and include a map showing you where you are.
A view of the ocean as you top one of the taller dunes.
A trail about two miles into the dunes
View of Essex Bay from one of the higher dunes on the west side
One of the trails from the dunes to the beach
- A salt marsh walk at Strawberry Hill and Greenwood Farm
- Photos of Ipswich by Stoney Stone