Falmouth residents and seasonal visitors love Wood Neck Beach for its protected, natural setting. Bright green beach grass sways gracefully in the salty breeze, and colorful shells and rocks stud the sandy shores. Although the beach is a bit narrow at high tide, at low tide it’s a paradise for inquisitive kids who delight in exploring the rocks and tidal pools for crabs, minnows, and barnacles.
A big part of Wood Neck Beach’s appeal lies just next door: Little Sippewissett Marsh, one of Falmouth’s most unique and exciting coastal environments. Every summer, residents and visitors return here to swim, snorkel, and ride the tidal current from the marsh to the beach. For a truly gorgeous view, we recommend coming here in the evening – the sunset illuminates the marsh and casts a sparkling shimmer across the water.
Habitats & Wildlife
The combination of sand and salt marsh at Wood Neck Beach is a rich habitat that teems with wildlife. From the beach, walk along the sand to the mouth of the tidal creek that connects the marsh to the Bay. Grassy, fenced-off dunes separate these two habitats, protecting the marsh from erosion.
Gradually, the types of plants and animals change as you explore farther inland. Look for egrets and herons wading by the water’s edge, and blue crabs swimming along the bottom. Try kayaking through here, which is a great way to travel through the marsh without damaging the fragile, spongy banks.