• Atlantic Ocean beach at Cape Cod National Seashore

    Cape Cod

    National Seashore Massachusetts

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  • Access at seashore locations

    Sections of the boardwalk at the Red Maple Swamp Trail have been closed due to structural deterioration and safety concerns. Check at Salt Pond Visitor Center for the current status of this trail, and for your safety, remain out of closed areas.

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?

cranberry bog at harvest time

The word “cranberry” originated as a contraction of crane berry, a name given to the plant by early settlers because the flower resembles the head of a crane.