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.
Endangered North Atlantic right whales and humpback whales visit Cape Cod waters during the spring and early summer. Right whales rely on critical habitat areas in Cape Cod Bay, Stellwagen Bank, and the Great South Channel area to the east of Cape Cod for feeding and nursery grounds. Visitors can see whales from Cape Cod beaches, especially on clear days during the spring season and near Race Point. Seal populations in the Northwest Atlantic have recovered since establishment of the Marine Mammal Protection Act in 1972. Sometimes dense colonies of gray and harbor seals can be seen in summer months within and near the seashore, including High Head and South Chatham/Monomoy beaches. Dolphins, sharks, and commercially important fish, such as striped bass and bluefish, also make use of the nearby, seasonally productive ocean environment. In addition to abundant marine life, the ocean surrounding Cape Cod is rich with maritime history. Numerous shipwrecks are scattered throughout inland waters, some dating back to the 18th century.
Did You Know?
Today, a dedicated group of families, individuals and non-profits carry on a unique heritage of art, reflection, and nature study at the dune shacks in Provincetown and Truro. A recent ethnographic study entitled, “Dwelling in the Dunes”, documents the people who live there today.