• 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.

Park Planning

Nauset Bike Trail, Eastham

Nauset Bike Trail, Eastham


In 1961 the U.S. Congress established Cape Cod National Seashore as a unit of the national park system. Congress recognized that the Outer Beach of the Cape Cod peninsula was nationally significant for ecological, historical, and cultural reasons. The variety of Cape Cod's resources, and the many ways in which people experience these resources, are the key to its charm. But protecting the resources and at the same time providing for their continued use present significant challenges for all residents and land managers on the Cape.

The National Park Service prepares a variety of planning and environmental documents to help guide management of park resources. These documents also provide the opportunity for the public and other agencies to engage in the management and planning issues that face the seashore today.

Contact: Lauren McKean, AICP, Park Planner 508-957-0731

Climate Friendly Parks (CFP) Program at Cape Cod National Seashore - Read the park's Climate Friendly Action Plan and explore what we are doing to make park operations more sustainable.

Climate Friendly Parks at CCNS Webpage

Major Projects and Compliance - Find major initiatives and National Environmental Policy Act documents through the following links.

National Park Service Planning and Environment Public Comment website

Environmental Impact Analyses and Studies

Land Protection

An 11-minute video describing the partnership between private landowners and the National Park Service to create the Cape Cod National Seashore, emerging threats and the work of non-profit land trusts to save land in the National Seashore.
Produced by Augusta Rose for the Compact of Cape Cod Conservation Trusts, Inc., 2012

Private Properties Guidance - There are about 600 private properties within the park, which have unique guidance.


Highlands Center at Cape Cod National Seashore - Read about our science, arts, and education center initiatives and partnerships.

Highlands Center Webpage

Highlands Center Tenant/Partner Guidelines

Did You Know?

Race Point, Provincetown, MA

The area at the northernmost tip of Cape Cod National Seashore in Provincetown is known as “Race Point”. It gets its name from the swift tidal “race” that swirls from ocean to bay around the point. The swimming beach is located a safe distance away in calmer waters.