Access at seashore locations
The stairs at Nauset Light Beach in Eastham are closed due to storm damage. Herring Cove North Lot in Provincetown sustained damage resulting in closure of multiple parking spaces. The Nauset Marsh Trail bridge was destroyed in a 2012 storm. More »
Frequently Asked Questions
What kinds of things can a visitor do at Cape Cod National Seashore?
The park has six beaches which offer a variety of recreational opportunities: Coast Guard and Nauset Light in Eastham, Marconi in Wellfleet, Head of the Meadow in Truro, and Race Point and Herring Cove in Provincetown. Click here for information and directions to the park's beaches.
There are three bicycle trails administered by Cape Cod National Seashore: Nauset Trail in Eastham, Head of the Meadow Trail in Truro, and the Province Lands Trail in Provincetown. Click here for information about the park's bicycle trails.
There are eleven self-guiding trails for walking with the seashore: in Eastham - the Fort Hill, Red Maple Swamp, Buttonbush, Nauset Marsh, and Doane trails; in Wellfleet - the Atlantic White Cedar Swamp and Great Island trails; in Truro - Pamet Area Bearberry Hill Overlook, Small’s Swamp, and Pilgrim Spring trails; and in Provincetown - the Beech Forest Trail. Interpretive trail folders with information on natural and historic features are available at some trailheads. Trailside plant identification markers are referenced in the Common Trailside Plants guidebook on sale at visitor center bookstores.Click here for a brochure about these self-guiding trails.
Did You Know?
In the mid-19th century, Henry David Thoreau walked the Atlantic coastline of Cape Cod, recording his adventures in his narrative "Cape Cod". To literally follow in Thoreau’s footsteps today would require scuba gear. Cape Cod’s Outer Beach sees an average erosion rate of close to 4 feet per year.