Beach Day is a great opportunity to splash in the waves, walk along the ocean, catch some rays, or just meet up with old friends at lovely Horseneck Beach. People from all over New England come to the event. Please bring snacks and/or liquid refreshments to share, If it's convenient. However, alcohol is prohibited at Horseneck! You could be expelled from the beach for alcohol consumption. It would be very helpful if one or two people brought a case of water, ice, cups or other general communal items. (Save your receipt(s); the club maybe able to reimburse you.) Please let me (Neil) know in advance if you plan to do so. We don't want to end up with multiple cases of water to haul back to our cars at the end of the day.
WHY HORSENECK BEACH?
Horseneck is easy to get to from major highways, and has warm water and a significant gay presence. Parking is inexpensive, the beach is clean, and the sand soft. Though this beach is a distance from some parts of New England, it's worth the drive.
WHERE ON HORSENECK BEACH?
The beach is nearly 3 miles long, and parking is approximately in the middle. From the bathhouse and snack bar, or parking lot, turn right onto the paved path, heading west (towards RI). There's a boardwalk from the bathhouse to the paved path, or short trails over the dunes from the lot. Follow the paved path (partially covered by sand), and pass through the second major opening in the dunes on your left to the beach. We usually set up a short distance the right of this opening. We may not be able to display any signage (it's against reservation policy), but we are usually the only group with a large, 10'x10' canopy tent. If you don't see us, look to the left or further to the right of the dune opening. I (Neil) will be encamped from about 10:30 on.
DIRECTIONS AND PARKING TO/AT HORSENECK
Travel to I-195 near Fall River, MA via I-95, I-495, or Route 24. From I-195, take exit 10 for Route 88 south. (Warning: Exit 10 comes up on your right VERY quickly after you enter 195 from Rt. 24.) Follow 88 south about 17 miles. Cross a bridge over an estuary, stay left, and watch for the reservation entrance on your right. The parking fee is $13 per car with MA license plates, $15 otherwise. (There may be an “express” entrance for annual state park passholders, just before the main entrance.) To minimize your walking distance, turn right into the parking lot, drive away from the bathhouse, and park at the far corner of the lot (near the dunes).
WHAT TO BRING?
Bring sunscreen, beachwear (including shoes or sandals), beach umbrella or other sun protection, plenty of liquid, lunch, and snacks and/or beverages for yourself or to share. No alcohol, please! Old sneakers or water shoes may also be helpful. There's a rocky section at the water's edge.
If the event is postponed due to inclement weather, the club will announce this on our website, www.chiltern.org, as well as Facebook, by Friday night. Rain Date: Sunday, August, 6.
Visit http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/dcr/massparks/region-south/horseneck-beach-state-reservation.html for complete details about the beach and reservation. If you're on Facebook, please use the event wall to post comments or to find a ride (no guarantees!).Visit http://www.massdot.state.ma.us/highway/TrafficTravelResources/ParkandRideMap.aspx for a map of MA park-and-ride locations.
Send an email to b o a r d [at] c h I l t e r n . o r g or post your question on the club's Facebook page BEFORE Beach Day (ideally no later than the preceding Thursday). Do NOT wait until the morning of Beach Day; we won't be able to respond.