• Atlantic Ocean beach at Cape Cod National Seashore

    Cape Cod

    National Seashore Massachusetts

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  • Sections of Boardwalk Closed at Red Maple Swamp Trail

    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.

Permits

See information and links below for oversand beach driving, campfire, wedding, special event, commercial filming, and other special use permit information.

Off-Road Vehicle (ORV) Permit

Fees
$50 - 7 Days
$150 - Annual

Annual off-road vehicle permits generally go on sale around April 10. Advance-sale weekly permits are available starting March 1st. The application form for advance sales may be downloaded from the park's Oversand Beach Driving link.

Self-contained Recreational Vehicle (SCV) Permit

Fees
$75 - 7 Days
$225 - Annual

Self-contained off-road vehicle permits generally go on sale around April 10. Advance-sale weekly permits are available starting March 1st. The application form for advance sales may be downloaded from the park's Oversand Beach Driving link.

Campfire permits

A limited number of permits per beach per day for campfires at the park's six swimming beaches are available at park visitor centers. Reservations may be made up to 3 days in advance by calling Salt Pond Visitor Center at 508 - 255 - 3421 for beaches in Eastham and Wellfleet, and Province Lands Visitor Center at 508 - 487 - 1256 for beaches in Truro and Provincetown, or in person at the visitor centers beginning at 9 AM. Demand for reservations is extremely high during the summer months and park policy is to take reservations from those physically at the visitor center each morning before phone reservations are accepted. Permits are free, and must be picked up the day of the fire at the reserving visitor center, before 3:30 PM. Demand often exceeds the number of permits available. Use this chart to determine what day to make a reservation.

Reserve on: Sun Mon Tues Wed Thurs Fri Sat

For fire on: Wed Thurs Fri Sat Sun Mon Tues

Fire permits for the ORV corridor are issued through the ORV office at Race Point Ranger Station in Provincetown. You may call them at 508 - 487 - 2100 x 0927, or in person at the ORV office beginning at 8 AM.

Permits are not required for stoves using manufactured fuels or for charcoal grills when used in designated picnic areas at Doane Rock, Great Island, Pilgrim Heights, and Beech Forest, or on sandy or rocky beaches bordering tidewater.

Special Events and Campfires at Cape Cod National Seashore - guidance and information

Special Events and Use Permits

Cape Cod National Seashore offers many picturesque places to hold special events. Events such as weddings, family reunions, and other types of parties are permitted in the park, but require a special use permit and a fee. Special use permits must be acquired before the event and can be obtained through park headquarters. If you are unsure whether or not your specific gathering constitutes an "event" it is best to call and discuss your plans to determine whether or not you will need a permit.

Commercial filming is another popular activity. Please see the short and long forms below depending on the complexity of the proposed filming.

Special Events and Campfires at Cape Cod National Seashore - guidance and information

Wedding, special event, and commercial filming permit applications

Contact the Chief Ranger by calling 508 - 771 -2144 for details, and an application.

Did You Know?

Wellfleet kettle ponds

There are twenty permanently flooded freshwater kettle ponds within the Cape Cod National Seashore. They range in size from 2.5 to 100 acres and from 6 to 65 feet in depth.