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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 »
Province Lands Visitor Center and Observation Deck Closed for the Season
Contact: Jody Anastasio, North District Interpreter, 508-487-2100 ext. 0920
The project to rehabilitate Cape Cod National Seashore's Province Lands Visitor Center in Provincetown is underway. Contractors are repairing and replacing the building frame and footings, doors, and windows. This is the building's first major structural rehabilitation since its construction in 1969. The beautiful dune setting in which the building sits exposes it to corroding salt air, which has contributed to the building's deterioration over the past 40 years.
During the construction period the parking area, bike trail access, and restrooms in the parking lot will remain open. The exterior stairway to the observation deck is closed and will likely remain so for the duration of the project. The building will reopen for the 2012 season on May 1.
Superintendent George Price said, "We understand visitors and neighbors will be disappointed by the temporary closure of the observation desk. These repairs are necessary to bring the building back into good condition so it's ready for the next generation of visitors."
Here are some suggestions for other nearby scenic overlooks:
·The far end of the Province Lands Visitor Center parking lot, beyond the first turn-around loop, offers views of Race Point Light and the ocean.
·The parking areas at Race Point and Herring Cove beaches are free and remain open throughout the winter.One can see Race Point Light from Herring Cove Beach.
·The Pilgrim Monument in Provincetown will be open until the end of November.The top of the monument is the highest point on Cape Cod at 350 feet above sea level.After November 1, the grassy lawn behind the monument, at 100 feet above sea level, is also a wonderful vantage point of town, the harbor, Wood End and Long Point Lights.
The Salt Pond Visitor Center in Eastham is open year-round with a museum featuring a new Wampanoag exhibit, ranger-guided programs, movies, and a bookstore. Information about the National Seashore is updated regularly at www.nps.gov/caco. Follow us on Twitter @CapeCodNPS
Did You Know?
The hydrologic system of lower Cape Cod consists of four distinct ground-water lenses, or flow cells, which receive recharge through precipitation. Other hydrologic features besides groundwater include kettle ponds, freshwater wetlands (vernal ponds), freshwater streams, and estuarine wetlands.