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 »
Off-Road Vehicle (ORV) Permit
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
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.
Wedding, special event, and commercial filming permits
Contact the Chief Ranger by calling 508 - 771 -2144 for details, and an application.
Did You Know?
Coastal waters were the original highways of the Cape. Today’s common but puzzling terms “Lower Cape” and “Upper Cape” (referring to the northern and southern areas of Cape Cod) originated with sailors. Southwesterly winds meant ships heading north were sailing "down-wind" to the Lower Cape.