• Atlantic Ocean beach at Cape Cod National Seashore

    Cape Cod

    National Seashore Massachusetts

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  • Nauset Marsh Trail Footbridge Temporary Closure After Labor Day

    A small footbridge on the Nauset Marsh trail will be closed for repair for two weeks following Labor Day. Ask at the visitor center for detour information.

  • Sections of Boardwalk Closed at Red Maple Swamp Trail

    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.

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?

vernal pond

The hydrologic system of lower Cape Cod consists of four distinct ground-water lenses, or flow cells, which receive recharge through precipitation. Other hydrologic features besides groundwater include kettle ponds, freshwater wetlands (vernal ponds), freshwater streams, and estuarine wetlands.