Truro, MA

From the Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce (

Truro has fewer residents now than it did in 1840—when Pamet Harbor was a whaling and shipbuilding port—which is possibly one of the best reasons to go there.

Beyond beautiful homes built into the hills and a narrow strip of tiny cottages and motels, there is little real commercial development here – it is more a sleepy and rural world of moors, hills, valleys and rivers with homes hidden amongst the trees. A handful of gourmet markets, restaurants, cafes, and galleries make up the town’s commerce.

This bucolic village qualifies as the Cape’s ‘sleepiest’ community. Writers, artists, politicos and those seeking a simpler life are wont to vacation and live here. American art icon Edward Hopper—who found the Cape’s light ideal for his brand of austere realism— summered, hermit-like, in South Truro for over 40 years in near total contentment.

While many are drawn by this relative isolation, they can be comforted by the fact that lively Provincetown is just a short drive away. To some, it is Truro which comes closest to the nostalgic ‘old Cape Cod.’ Mile for mile, it has more scenic backroads than the other Cape towns—and they are all conveniently located off Route 6.

Truro’s incredible natural gifts—high dunes, estuaries, rolling moors, rivers fringed by grasses—make it a one-of-a-kind place even among a peninsula chocked with uniqueness. It was blessed with some of the Cape’s all-time great waterfront—both bay and ocean—and undeveloped forests. Most of the town’s land—70%—lies within the Cape Cod National Seashore. Nature trails with stunning vistas abound in Truro.  The two-mile Head of the Meadow Trail is an idyllic venue for cycling between the dunes and the salt marshes from the beach parking lot to High Head Road. 

Cape Cod Light, also known as Highland Light, is the oldest of the four active Cape Cod lighthouses and the first one seen by mariners approaching Boston. It is the most powerful lighthouse—lit by two 1,000 watt bulbs reflected by a huge Fresnel lens—on the New England coast.  

Find more information on Truro through the Truro Chamber of Commerce.