Access at seashore locations
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 »
Salt Pond Visitor Center Open Again Following Heating System Problems
Contact: Sue Haley, District Interpreter, 508-255-3421
Cape Cod National Seashore’s Salt Pond Visitor Center in Eastham has reopened. It was closed for several days due to heating problems. The center is open from 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM daily, except December 25.
Rangers are available to provide tips on places to visit, including beaches and walking trails. There is a museum with comprehensive displays representing the national seashore’s natural and cultural resources. Orientation films are shown regularly throughout the day, and Eastern National operates a store featuring books, maps, puzzles, games, cranberry and bayberry products, pottery, and other interpretive items related to the Outer Cape. The Nauset Marsh Trail and the Nauset Bicycle Trail originate at the center. During the last week of December park rangers will lead programs about whales, wildlife in winter, shipwrecks, and fibers of colonial times. The works of artist Gail Fields are on display in the center through the end of December. For more information, call Salt Pond Visitor Center at 508-355-3421, extension 0, or check the national seashore’s website, www.nps.gov/caco.
Did You Know?
Cape Cod's own pirate shipwreck, the Whydah, went down in a storm off the coast in April 1717. Before being taken by pirate Sam Bellamy as his flagship, the Whydah was a slave ship, named for the port city of Ouidah in today's country of Benin on the African coast.