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.
Highlands Center at Cape Cod National Seashore
National Park Service photo.
The Park Setting
Highlands Center: Past, Present, and Future
Formerly the North Truro Air Force Station, in 1994, Cape Cod National Seashore (CCNS) acquired the 110-acre property. Since then, CCNS has adaptively reused six buildings and has made over $1 million in infrastructure improvements, allowing for the potential renovation and occupation of up to 45 buildings. Originally used for common space, housing, offices, and maintenance, buildings provide a broad range of opportunities for future users.
The Highlands Center core is its partners, an interactive community of artists, scientists and educators pursuing their work in a national park setting. These public and private program partners enrich each other's work and the center's mission through their distinctive activities.
Another ongoing goal is to exemplify the National Park Service's commitment to implementing "green" practices. The site seeks to demonstrate environmental stewardship through the use of sustainable practices, technologies, and renewable energy sources in its design, building rehabilitation, and operations.
Public and Private Partners
Exploration of the arts, pertinent natural science research issues like ecosystem health and climate change, and unique educational programming are continually pursued at the site. Inquiries and proposals for cooperative ventures from non-profit organizations, government agencies, and educational institutions are welcomed to join the 8 existing partner organizations.
We invite your participation in the Highlands Center redevelopment and programming. The site is open to the public for special tours, events, and scheduled public programs. Several partners also provide creative programs: Programs and Events. Please let us know if you want to be added to our newsletter mailing list through mail or e-mail.
For additional information please contact:
Lauren McKean, AICP
Cape Cod National Seashore, 99 Marconi Site Road, Wellfleet, MA 02667
Did You Know?
The original Highland Light was built in 1797, becoming the first lighthouse on Cape Cod in Massachusetts. It had 24 whale oil lamps set in 2 circles, one on top of the other with the reflector behind.