• Atlantic Ocean beach at Cape Cod National Seashore

    Cape Cod

    National Seashore Massachusetts

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  • 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.


Kettle pond data collection

Kettle pond data collection.

Photo by Jane Barnes

Research Permits
Research Permits must be obtained by all Principal Investigators prior to conducting research within any National Park. Investigators are encouraged to apply at least 90 days prior to their planned arrival at CACO. Individuals who wish to obtain a research permit may apply at the Follow the link titled ‘Applications’ to view a complete list of materials necessary for submitting an application. For more information refer to the ‘Application FAQ’ and ‘Permit FAQ’ links on that website. NPS Research Permit and Reporting System.

For questions or additional information pertaining to the Atlantic Research Center at CACO please contact:

Megan Tyrrell, Ph.D.
CACO Research & Monitoring Coordinator
508-487-3262 x 0510
508-487-7153 fax

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Did You Know?

Wellfleet kettle ponds

Although the kettle ponds within Cape Cod National Seashore are within 2.5 km of the ocean and have been subjected to thousands of years of salt spray, they remain low in dissolved salts. Ponds are flushed out by inflowing and outflowing groundwater, which prevents salts from accumulating.