Fourth Cliff Family Recreation Area is a 56-acre seaside resort located in Humarock on Massachusetts’ South Shore. It is operated by Hanscom Air Force Base as a military recreation area & it’s open to anyone with a valid military ID including active duty, reservists, Department of Defense employees, retirees and authorized family members. In case you didn’t know this, Chris is an Air Force retiree. He retired last year after serving 20 years as a fire fighter for the USAF.
Anyhow, we only live about 30 minutes from Fourth Cliff and had a night without the kids, so we decided to check it out. Fourth Cliff is a relatively small reservation and it’s not easy to get reservations to stay there. They only have 17 cottages, four efficiencies, 11 RV camper sites and four tenting areas. It’s right on the beach, so reservations go quick.
Since we had never been there before, we weren’t sure what to expect. We plugged the address into Lance and were a little put off when we got there.
The place was completely unguarded. So, Chris hopped out, opened the gate and we drove on through (after he closed the gate behind us, of course).
We saw this sign and knew we were in the right place, but still had no idea where to go, so we just drove until we saw the Rec center.
Like I said before, it is a small area, so the Rec center was easy to find. We pulled over and Chris ran in to check in. Only he didn’t have to. There were only three reservations there for the weekend & our unit numbers were written down on this sign:
The sign said the key was in the room, so we went off to figure out where the room was. We were staying in one of the efficiency units and this is the building with the four efficiencies (it’s the back of the building):
From this view, we stayed on the upper left. Here is the room itself:
This is the view (of Fourth Cliff) from our front deck:
Here’s the view from our back deck:
After we were all settled into our room, we walked over to check out Fourth Cliff and the beach in the back.
This is Fourth Cliff:
Because of severe beach erosion, we weren’t allowed to go down the cliff.
I wanted to hop the fence & climb down anyways, but Chris wouldn’t let me.
So, we walked to the beach – the real beach – which was on the back side of our building.
It’s a little rocky, but otherwise, a very nice beach area.
As an added convenience, you can rent the following items from the Recreation Hall: lobster cooking pots, folding cots, DVD players, fishing rods/reels, canopies, outdoor propane cookers, super coolers and mobile gas grills. They also allow fires on this beach, with a permit, but it was way too cold when Chris & I were there – so we will have to go back.
It was a pretty cool place and we are going to try for reservations for the summer.