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 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?
Kettle pond surface water levels are controlled by local groundwater levels. Around Cape Cod National Seashore ponds, these levels range from six to nine feet above average sea level. The bottoms of all the kettle ponds are below sea level.