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.
Cape Cod National Seashore Facilities to Close Due to Hurricane Irene
Contact: Sue Moynihan, (508) 349-9113; (508) 957-0738; (508) 737-3307
The National Weather Service is predicting that the effects of Hurricane Irene will impact the Outer Cape by late Saturday, August 27, 2011, with storm conditions continuing through Sunday, August 28, 2011.
In anticipation of this event, most facilities at Cape Cod National Seashore will close at 5:00 PM on Saturday, August 27. The oversand corridor in Provincetown and Truro will be cleared in time to close at dark. Beach parking areas will close at midnight. Several interpretive programs scheduled for Saturday will be cancelled. Call Salt Pond Visitor Center at (508) 255-3421 or the Province Lands Visitor Center at (508) 487-1256 to ask about program cancellations. This closure schedule could change if predicted conditions worsen.
Facilities are expected to remain closed and programs will be cancelled through Sunday.
National seashore staff will monitor conditions throughout the storm event. Once the storm has passed, staff will assess damage and prepare facilities and operations for reopening.
Public safety is of utmost concern. Park visitors and neighbors are asked to remain off beaches, bluffs, and stairs. With the anticipated storm surge and high tide, conditions on the beaches, bluffs, and stairs may be hazardous.
Visit www.ready.gov for tips on creating emergency plans and putting together an emergency supply kit.
Information updates about national seashore facilities and conditions will be available via recorded message at (508) 771-2144.
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.