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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 Reopens to Visitors
Contact: George Price, Superintendent, 508-771-2144
Wellfleet, MA – Cape Cod National Seashorereopened to visitors today.All roads, parking areas, restrooms that are typically open at this time of year, and the Salt Pond and Province Lands visitor centers are open. Facilities managed by partners and concessioners are also reopening. These include Highland Golf Links, Nauset Light, Highland Light, and Nauset Knolls Motel. The national seashore had been closed since October 1 due to the lapse in Congressional appropriations.
"We are excited and happy to be back at work and to welcome visitors to Cape Cod National Seashore," said Superintendent George Price. "Autumn is a particularly special season to enjoy all that the national seashore has to offer."
All scheduled ranger-guided programs will proceed as planned, with the exception of the fall symposium, "Beyond the Beach." Because of the cancellation of the first three presentations in the series due to the closure, the entire series will be postponed to a later date when it can be presented in its entirety.
Two special events will occur as scheduled. On Friday, October 18 from 7:00 to 8:30 PM the Nauset Light Preservation Society will offer a full moon tour of Nauset Light in Eastham. The program is free, and no reservations are required. Attendees should bring flashlights and meet at the Nauset Light Beach parking area in Eastham. Guides will begin the tours from that location.
On Wednesday, October 23 at 2:00 PM at Pilgrim Heights in Truro a ranger will lead a guided walk, "Perspectives on the Fall Harvest of 1621." The free walk will last for 1-1/2 hours and cover one mile. Topics include the events that took place on Cape Cod and Plymouth leading up to the fall harvest celebration of 1621, as well as a retracing of the steps of the Mayflower passengers' first explorations of Cape Cod.
All Cape Cod National Seashore programs are listed on the park website, www.nps.gov/caco. Salt Pond Visitor Center in Eastham is open year 'round. Province Lands Visitor Center in Provincetown is open through October 31.
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.