#FollowOurFins to Falmouth: Wander with me off-the-beaten- path and discover a hidden gem destination to explore on your next Cape Cod adventure!
This week 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.
Who doesn’t love a killer coastal Cape Cod sunset destination?
Cornelia Carey Sanctuary: “The Knob”
Confession: I can’t take the credit for finding this spot that had me washed up on a rocky peninsula near Woods Hole in Falmouth. I had 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 Cape Cod Wandering Mermaid.
I’d like to pay it forward with this Cape Cod travel tale and pass on some serious #Wanderlust Falmouth feelings. Even if you’re only here reading because you love all my Mermaids on Cape Cod lifestyle gear…just know, as you’re scrolling through the photos, I’m on a mission to make you wanna wander off and sea it all for yourself.
So whether you’re Cape Cod bound, or just using this blog as a chance to take a peek at the Cape Cod lifestyle, “The Knob” is just the place. 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.
Breathtaking Sunset Views Overlooking Quissett Harbor & Buzzards Bay
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 down the side of a semi- steep hill, I climbed up the very next dirt pathway and discovered a wooded, honeysuckle lined route to the top!
Navigating the Knob
After trading travel tales with a new Falmouth friend, I learned a few helpful hints for when you find yourself at the fork in the road.
Trail to the Left: A slightly longer rougher route for the more adventurous and mobile wanderers. This is the path that I took and 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 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.
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!
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!
The breathtaking view seriously made my mermaid heart beat faster. Whenever I need reminding that there’s so much to be grateful for, I try to take time to give thanks as the sun sets over the ocean and the salty sea breeze blows through my hair.
If you’re a mermaid at heart just like me…that same 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 (read more on the history here).
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 my 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 of Wandering Mermaid 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!
Cape Cod Wandering Mermaid’s Guide To “The Knob”
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
Dog-Friendly Park: Keep them on a leach & please bring your scoop-poop bag
What to Pack: All-Natural Tick & Bug Spray, Reusable Water Bottle, Eco- Friendly Sustainable Seafarer Sunglasses and/or Official Mermaid Gear Hat, Sturdy Flip-Flops (Get My Eliza B. Mermaid Flips Here) or Sneakers, Camera, A Good Book, Long Sleeve Top or Sweatshirt (Get My Cape Shark Shirt Here), Picnic Blanket (Get My Cape Cod (or custom location) Nautical Chart Blanket here)
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!