• Atlantic Ocean beach at Cape Cod National Seashore

    Cape Cod

    National Seashore Massachusetts

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  • 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 »

Natural Features & Ecosystems

Aerial Photo of Cape Cod National Seashore

An aerial photograph showing a variety of ecosystems within the Cape Cod National Seashore.  Note the numerous homes; people have a significant combined affect on these natural systems.

NPS Photo

Cape Cod has long inspired wonder among those who value nature. From the striking heights of the coastal bluffs to the serenity of a forested pond, it is not difficult to understand why so many become enamored with the natural beauty of this place. The coast, the wetlands, and the woods offer a variety of ecosystems for the experienced naturalist or the neophyte to explore.

Did You Know?

cranberries

The Pamet Cranberry Bog in Truro was once an operating commercial bog. Workers, some of whom in later years were of Cape Verdean descent, maintained and harvested the bog from the 1880s until 1961.