Access to the Coast Guard Beach in Eastham will be closed Tuesday, May 21.
Access to the Coast Guard Beach in Eastham will be closed Tuesday, May 21, from 6:00 AM to 3:00 PM so seashore staff can create an accessible path in advance of the summer season.
Storm damage, construction affecting access at seashore locations; reduction in programming
Due to erosion, there is no beach access at Nauset Light and Marconi beaches. Access at the Marconi Site is limited. Parts of the Nauset Marsh and Red Maple Swamp trails are closed. Nauset Bike Trail construction is underway. More »
Cape Cod National Seashore Announces Archeological Work in Advance of Nauset Bicycle Trail Rehabilitation
Contact: Sue Moynihan, 508-957-0738
Archeological investigations along the route of the Nauset Bicycle Trail in Eastham will be underway in mid-October according to Cape Cod National Seashore Superintendent George Price.The project is expected to last two to three weeks, and will be conducted by Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc. (VHB, Inc.) under contract to the National Park Service. The purpose for the investigations is to ensure that the upcoming rehabilitation of the bike trail in spring, 2013 does not affect archeological resources. The bike trail, among the oldest in the National Park System, will be repaved and widened to ten feet, and drainage improvements will be made. The goal of the rehabilitation project is to improve safety for riders. The trail meanders through the Nauset Archeological District National Historic Landmark between Salt Pond Visitor Center and Coast Guard Beach.The results of the archeological investigation will guide the trail rehabilitation project to ensure that any cultural resources along the trail are protected.The National Park Service expects the trail to remain open during the archeological investigations, but in some areas riders may need to walk their bikes around work areas for the safety of both researchers and bicyclists.
The Nauset Bicycle Trail is one of three bike trails in the national seashore. The Province Lands Bicycle Trail was fully rehabilitated in 2011. The 2013 rehabilitation of the Nauset Bicycle Trail is being funded by the federal Paul S. Sarbanes Transit in the Parks Program. Additional information about the rehabilitation project, including the schedule, will be announced over the winter.
Did You Know?
The original Highland Light was built in 1797, becoming the first lighthouse on Cape Cod in Massachusetts. It had 24 whale oil lamps set in 2 circles, one on top of the other with the reflector behind.