Nauset Beach in Orleans has changed dramatically since last summer. Liam’s Clam Shack is gone and replaced by 4 food trucks in the parking lot. They were not set up Friday when I was there. There are picnic tables to sit and eat. I’ll fill you in when I hear some feedback as to what kind of trucks etc.
Nauset Beach itself has gained a lot of sand back. I took this photograph about 2 hours before high tide. Truckloads of sand have been brought in to build up the dunes to protect the parking lot and restrooms, as you can see in the first photograph.
You can see the new ramp to the beach from where Liam’s once stood. It is fairly steep and has a railing down the center. It is made of a webbing that makes it easier to walk on than sand. There is also a nice new viewing platform at the top. The two paths to the beach at either end of the parking lot are less steep.
I love this part of the hiking trail at Fort Hill that overlooks Nauset Marsh with Coast Guard Station in the distance. I always wonder why the rocks are lined up by the shore, Usually there is a Seagull sitting atop one of them.
Pretty, don’t you think?
There was a tremendous amount of sand brought in to Nauset Beach in the past few weeks. This is a photograph of the new fence that they put up around the bathrooms, making a higher dunes to the beach. You can also see the new dune grass that they planted to help stop erosion on the dunes.
I was so surprised to see how huge Nauset Beach was at low tide. It was immense, as you can see! There are a lot of sandbars so you really need to watch where you are walking for when the tide comes in, it doesn’t come straight in and you could get stranded on one of the many sandbars.
I will have to go back on a nice day at high tide and see how high the water gets on the beach. Stay tuned…
It was so nice to see a new viewing platform at Nauset Beach where Liam’s Clam Shack stood before the series of Nor’Easters crept up to its foundation this past winter. The town demolished the restaurant 2 weeks ago and has been busy bringing in tons of sand to fill in the dunes. You can also see all of the beach grass that has been planted to help with dune erosion.
The parking lot is open. The beaches are accessible from either end and it looks like they are making lemonade out of lemons so that everyone can enjoy one of their favorite beaches, Nauset Beach, part of the National Seashore here on Cape Cod.
I was so surprised when I walked up the little trail near the entrance shack to go to Nauset Beach. In the past few months when you got to the end of the trail where there was a little boardwalk, there was a huge drop-off of 6-8 feet where the water had eroded the beach. I expected the same the other day.
It was a pleasant surprise to see that a lot of the sand had come back on the beach and the drop off was only a couple of feet, easily accessible. You can see that the beach was gorgeous as you look north toward Nauset Beach and Coast Guard Beach. It was about 2 hours after low tide.
There is still a lot of time until summer. It will be very interesting to see what Mother Nature will do in the next few months…