On a list of Buzzards Bay’s most iconic views, The Knob always makes the cut. This narrow neck of rocky beaches and sandy pines draws visitors to its shores night after night for spectacular sunsets over Buzzards Bay’s open waters. On clear days, you can see all the way across the Bay to West Island and New Bedford Harbor!
But it’s not just pretty views that make The Knob so special. This protected piece of land helps shelter Quissett Harbor, a beloved boating destination on Cape Cod. On warm days, people of all ages enjoy The Knob to swim, lounge by the beach, and explore unique finds along the shoreline.
Walk between the waters of Quissett Harbor and Buzzards Bay on the short, sandy trail to The Knob. At approximately a quarter-mile long, this nature trail is perfect for a stroll out to the water to catch the sunset, or to linger longer with young explorers by the harbor’s shores. (Download trail map)
The main trail quickly splits in two once you start at the wooded entrance at Quissett Harbor House. Stay straight on the main trail to reach The Knob. Or veer left to explore the Harbor Cliff Trail, which will lead you to Fisherman’s Beach. Look out for roots and rocks while you walk, and make sure to stay on the marked trails to protect The Knob’s special habitats.
Habitats & Wildlife
The first thing you might notice about the landscape at The Knob are the boulders armoring the shoreline on both sides. These large rocks help shield this narrow neck of land from erosion by wind and waves.
The Knob is home to three separate beaches, each with its own character. The first beach, Little Sandy Beach, is an ideal spot for kids to swim and search for hermit crabs. Oyster shells litter the shores of Fisherman’s Beach at low tide. And on the Buzzards Bay side of the trail, you’ll find the crashing waves of Crescent Beach.
Salt Pond Areas Bird Sanctuaries, Inc. is a nonprofit privately administered corporation dedicated to conserving the natural resources of Falmouth.