Falmouth's Hidden Gem: "The Knob"
Updated: May 11, 2019
Wander with me off-the-beaten- path and discover a sungazing sanctuary to explore like a local on your next Cape Cod adventure!
Last summer I rented a spot to stay using Airbnb and went over the bridge and through the woods in search of summer fun on Cape Cod during peak season in July.
I have no issue with trading tv access in exchange for a killer location, so I opted for saving loot on a sweet spot to stay with no tube —I already knew I’d be watching more sunsets than Netflix.
For real though, who doesn’t love a killer coastal sunset destination?
Cornelia Carey Sanctuary: “The Knob”
I can’t take all the credit for finding this killer spot that had me washed up on a rocky peninsula near Woods Hole in Falmouth. I got an inside tip from a friend, and then my Airbnb host suggested the same exact spot upon my arrival.
It was obviously meant to be for this wandering mermaid. Soooo... I’d like to pay it forward with a travel tale and pass along some serious wanderlusting Falmouth feels.
Even if you’re only reading because you somehow stumbled upon my blog on the world wide web…just know, as you’re scrolling through my photos, I’m on a mission to make you wanna wander off on a journey of your own to "sea" and experience this glorious hidden gem destination.
Whether you’re Cape Cod bound, or just searching for a coastal New England travel destination, “The Knob” is just the spot.
The Knob is located in Falmouth, just a few streets away from the Steamship Authority Ferry to Nantucket or Martha’s Vineyard, right in Woods Hole.
There are actually two different paths you can take to get to the top of the Knob for a spectacular sungazing experience.
I began my journey following fin-prints from fellow explorers up ahead. I traveled along the sandy shoreline path, which seemed like the main way to wander up the Knob.
As soon as I saw a native mermaid coming out of a path in the woods, trekking down the side of a semi- steep hill, I climbed up the very next dirt pathway and discovered my own wooded, honeysuckle lined route to the top.
Navigating The Knob
Looking for a guide for when you find yourself at the fork in the road? Here's just a few travel tips to help you navigate your way to the top for breathtaking, brag-worthy views.
Trail to the Left:
A slightly longer rougher route for the more adventurous and mobile wanderers. This is the path that I took and I suggest this route if you want to experience a natural wooded wonderland with twists, turns and teasing sneak peek ocean views.
You’ll need to be a bit more alert and cautious because there are super cool trees that beautifully branch out in your face and their roots run wild and free at your feet.
Trail to the Right:
I’ve been told this is the preferred path for families, parents with kiddos, and the best path to wander with your pup. Since it’s the beaten path, it’s smoother, safer and much easier to travel.
Keep in mind... either way you choose to wander, enjoy the journey! Feel free to stop and get your fins wet, set up a picnic, snap a selfie—or opt for professionally photographing a glorious natural preserve fit for any frame. #InstaHeaven
Once you make your way to the top of the Knob, on a beautifully clear day you can see views as far across the ocean as New Bedford, the entrance to the Cape Cod Canal, and even the Elizabeth Islands! #LoveWhereYouLive
The breathtaking view seriously made my heart beat faster and set my mermaid soul on fire!
Whenever I need reminding that there’s so much to be grateful for, I try to take time to give thanks to Mother Nature as the sun sets over the ocean and the salty sea breeze blows through my sandy blonde hair.
If you’re a mermaid at heart just like me…that feeling sustains you, too.
Read & Respect the Rules
Public access to the knob is truly a gift. Let’s thank and praise Quissett Harbor Preservation Trust and the Quissett Harbor House Land Trust for maintaining and preserving one of the many amazing natural wonders of Cape Cod.
#Confession: I got a little carried away taking photos with no people in them and lost track of time. It’s not cool when there’s a security guard waiting for you in the parking lot.
Luckily, I ran into a life-long Falmouth local, John Halbart, who reminded me why we should all follow the rules on private property, rules that he is hired to protect after hours.
We got to talking…and I may have dropped a couple Cape Cod connections in hopes of one day getting permission to camp out on the Knob. If I ever get granted inside access- just know I’ll totally share that travel tale with you!
What You Need to Know Before You Go
Where: Woods Hole, Falmouth Ma
Cost: Free for all respectful nature lovers
*Parking Is Limited*
Travel Tip: Do yourself a favor and try to ride a bike, walk, or carpool. There are several designated spots to safely store your wheels out of the way. Besides, we don’t want to blow up this beautiful spot to the point that there’s a traffic jam in the parking lot all summer long!
Safety Scene: Wander solo, side by side, or kiddos in tow.
Pup-Friendly Park: Keep them on a leach & please bring your scoop-poop bag.
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Best Time to Wander: A couple hours before sunset.
*Closed Daily from Dusk-8am*
I did not see any trash barrels, so I’d suggest you bring a bag/backpack and please leave nothing behind but your fin-prints!
Sea Ya Soon,
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