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 Province Lands Visitor Center to Open May 1
Contact: Sue Moynihan, Chief of Interpretation and Cultural Resources Management, 508-957-0738
On May 1, Cape Cod National Seashore’s visitor center at the tip of the Cape in Provincetown will reopen for the season. To celebrate the center’s reopening, on May 2 at 1:30 PM the National Park Service will show the classic film, Song of the Sandy Mooring. This beloved 1960s film chronicles Provincetown’s history as a center for art and culture and features many townspeople.
Province Lands Visitor Center sits atop a dune off Race Point Road and offers exhibits; a spectacular, 360-degree view from indoor and outdoor observation decks; orientation films; a well-stocked bookstore featuring books, games, maps, puzzles, and other interpretive items, and staff to assist with activity planning. The center hosts talks and presentations featuring a variety of resource topics. Bicyclists can access the recently-renovated Province Lands Bicycle Trail from the visitor center. Operating hours are 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM daily through October 31.
The opening of the visitor center coincides with the Capewide Maritime Days celebration. The National Park Service will offer several programs in Provincetown that recognize the Outer Cape’s rich maritime history. Programs include a behind-the-scenes look at the current rehabilitation of Old Harbor Life-Saving Station at 1 PM on May 13; and films each Saturday at 1:30 PM that link the Cape’s maritime heritage to larger maritime stories. For more information about National Park Service programs and activities at the visitor center or in Provincetown and Truro, call Province Lands Visitor Center (after May 1) at 508-487-1256, or visit the seashore’s website, www.nps.gov/caco.
Did You Know?
Cape Cod National Seashore is one of the most important nesting areas for the federally-threatened Piping Plover. Abundant in the 19th century, the beach-nesting Piping Plover declined in the 20th century, but have begun to recover as a result of active protection and visitor education.