The Knob

Woods Hole, Falmouth |

At 12 acres, this lovely promontory boasts spectacular views of Buzzards Bay. You enter on the winding, scenic Quissett Harbor Road, past the Boatyard, and park just before the Quissett Yacht Club. Quissett Harbor greets the hiker looking to make the short trek to the end of The Knob. Paths wend their way through the woods, a gentle walk that is easy for most. Quissett Harbor opens up into Buzzards Bay, and a sandy stretch of beach gives way to rocks and riprap, recently rebuilt to extend the life of this feature against the washing of the waves. The short walk brings the hiker to a narrow causeway and a final rise where you are rewarded with panoramic views of Buzzards Bay.

The Knob passed to the Salt Pond Area Bird Sanctuary in 1973 as a gift left in the will of Cornelia L. Carey, whose family had owned it since 1877. Before her death, Ms. Carey installed boulders around the promontory to help protect the land from the water.

Parking is limited, and you need to be careful that the spot where you’ve chosen to leave your car is not on private property. Dogs are welcome provided they are on leashes. With around a quarter of a mile of relatively flat terrain, excepting the final ascent to the overlook of Buzzards Bay, The Knob is a spectacular place and a must-visit for locals and tourists alike.