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Red River Beach, Harwich
Written by Laura M. Reckford

HARWICH – We found ourselves on Red River Beach the day after Christmas admiring the mystical horizon. There were a scattering of people strolling the shore and others walking their dogs.

Red River Beach is the furthest east of Harwich’s beaches on Nantucket Sound. We immediately noted the lovely powdery sand in this wide beach. We also saw frequent patches of pinkish red seaweed and wondered about it, given the name “Red River.”

We checked out the mouth of the Red River that flows into the Sound on the east end of the beach. Now a marshy stretch, we read that there used to be a Red River Ice House in South Harwich that sold ice across the Lower Cape, according to information from the Harwich Historical Society.

The sun shone brightly on a patch of the Sound far off shore and occasionally shone on the beach. But it was cold and blustery as one would expect in late December.

Clouds puffed into rolling shapes and blue sky peeked through often enough for us to declare it a beautiful day for a beach stroll.

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About the author

Laura M. Reckford

Laura M. Reckford is co-founder of Cape Cod Wave. She has been a reporter and editor on Cape Cod for more than 20 years in magazines, newspapers and radio. She has also authored numerous Frommer's Travel Guide editions on Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket.

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