Though this stretch of shoreline is relatively small, it has a lot of exploration to offer! Tucked beside the Padanaram Harbor Bridge, Knowles Beach is a great place to spend a day on the beach or head out on a coastal adventure. This town-owned property is rather unique – there is no fee to access this beach, and parking is limited to roadside pull-offs.
Spend a relaxing day watching sailboats and birds pass by, or beachcomb along the rocky shoreline for oyster shells and whelks. For those with a Dartmouth shellfishing license, Knowles Beach is one of the best places in the area to dig for quahogs. Want to explore beyond the water’s edge? Launch a kayak from the shoreline to explore Padanaram Harbor and the stunning coast of Apponogansett Bay.
Habitats & Wildlife
The shoreline of Apponagansett Bay is scattered with shells – an indication of the vibrant shellfish life of Buzzards Bay. Across the street from the beach, a salt marsh, currently being restored, provides shelter to birds like herons and egrets.