Nauset Bike Trail partial closure in effect
The Nauset Bike Trail between Salt Pond Visitor Center and Tomahawk Trail will be closed from October 30 to mid-December for rehabilitation. No bike or pedestrian access will be allowed during this time.
Access at seashore locations
The Nauset Marsh Trail bridge was destroyed in a storm last winter. For current conditions, check at the Salt Pond Visitor Center. More »
Off-Road Vehicle Access Closures to Protect Piping Plovers
Contact: Craig Thatcher, Acting Chief Ranger, 508-349-3785 x 213
Contact: Carrie Phillips, Chief of Natural Resource Management, 508-349-3785 x 216
Cape Cod National Seashore Superintendent George Price has announced that the three beach access points to the off-road vehicle (ORV) corridor that are usually available this time of year, are closed to protect piping plovers. However, to maintain some vehicle access, in accordance with the park’s 2007 ORV Environmental Assessment, the seashore will open a section of the ORV corridor at Coast Guard Beach in Truro to 24-hour access for ORV operators with current ORV permits. The piping plover is listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. These closures occur while unfledged nestlings are present.
This ORV closure does not affect pedestrian access to the ORV Corridor, nor does it affect access to the seashore’s six swimming beaches. In addition, ORV permits will be honored for free entrance at Herring Cove, Race Point and Head of the Meadow beaches for the duration of this “near” closure. Additional accommodations are available for self-contained vehicles.
These closures are temporary, and will last only until plover broods fledge or move a safe distance from vehicle access points.
Up-to-date oversand corridor information is available 24-hours a day on a message line that can be accessed by calling (508) 487 - 3698. As soon as sections of the corridor reopen the message line will be updated. The ORV office may be called during business hours at (508) 487 – 4165. The seashore website also has the current status of the corridor that can be accessed at http://www.nps.gov/caco/planyourvisit/oversand.htm. Click on “Current ORV Route Map.”
For more information, please contact Craig Thatcher, Acting Chief Ranger, at 508-349-3785 x 213, or Carrie Phillips, Chief of Natural Resource Management, at 508-349-3785 x 216.
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Did You Know?
Today, a dedicated group of families, individuals and non-profits carry on a unique heritage of art, reflection, and nature study at the dune shacks in Provincetown and Truro. A recent ethnographic study entitled, “Dwelling in the Dunes”, documents the people who live there today.