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.
Cape Cod National Seashore Museum to Temporarily Close February 6 for New Exhibit Installation
Contact: Sue Moynihan, Chief, Interpretation and Cultural Resources Management, 508-771-2144
At 4:30 PM on Sunday, February 6 the museum at Salt Pond Visitor Center in Eastham will close for approximately two weeks for the installation of a new permanent exhibit. Only the museum will be closed during the installation. The lobby, bookstore, and auditorium will remain open. The installation should be complete and the museum reopened during the week of February 20.
A grand opening event for the new exhibit will take place in May as part of the National Seashore's 50th anniversary celebration.
If you go: Salt Pond Visitor Center is located at the intersection of Route 6 and Nauset Road in Eastham and is open daily from 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM. The center includes a lobby with expansive views of Salt Pond, Nauset Marsh, and the Atlantic; a museum featuring the park's natural and cultural stories; staff to assist with trip planning, and a store with books, maps, puzzles, games, t-shirts, and 50th anniversary commemorative items. There are short films shown throughout the day. The Buttonbush and Nauset Marsh Trails, and the Nauset Bike Trail are located nearby. For more information on Cape Cod National Seashore programs call 508-255-3421, or check the park's website, www.nps.gov/caco.
Did You Know?
Coastal waters were the original highways of the Cape. Today’s common but puzzling terms “Lower Cape” and “Upper Cape” (referring to the northern and southern areas of Cape Cod) originated with sailors. Southwesterly winds meant ships heading north were sailing "down-wind" to the Lower Cape.