Access at seashore locations
The stairs at Nauset Light Beach in Eastham are closed due to storm damage. Herring Cove North Lot in Provincetown sustained damage resulting in closure of multiple parking spaces. The Nauset Marsh Trail bridge was destroyed in a 2012 storm. More »
Cape Cod National Seashore Re-opening Saturday September 4
Contact: Barbara Dougan, 508-246-3867
Cape Cod National Seashore Superintendent George Price has announced that after early morning assessments it appears that the seashore experienced minimal damage as a result of Tropical Storm Earl. Park personnel are working hard to open parking lots, beaches and facilities for the public as soon as possible. Salt Pond Visitor Center in Eastham and Province Lands Visitor Center in Provincetown will open by 10 AM. Parking lots at Coast Guard, Nauset Light, Marconi, Herring Cove and Race Point are open with limited access to the beach because of high tides. The seashore anticipates returning to full operation including guarded beaches with fee collection by early afternoon.
Throughout the storm event the seashore maintained a 24-hour Incident Command Post and worked with surrounding communities. Preparation for the hurricane was extensive involving everything from removing signs, lifeguard chairs, trash receptacles from beaches and parking lots, to securing historic structures. It will take some time to get everything back in place and ready for visitors.
Please remember that dangerous rip currents, variable surf conditions, and storm tides will be present for an extended period of time. Visitors should pay close attention to seashore lifeguards and posted warnings. The seashore's top priority is public safety and any water rescue puts multiple people at risk.
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.