• Atlantic Ocean beach at Cape Cod National Seashore

    Cape Cod

    National Seashore Massachusetts

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  • Nauset Marsh Trail Footbridge Temporary Closure After Labor Day

    A small footbridge on the Nauset Marsh trail will be closed for repair for two weeks following Labor Day. Ask at the visitor center for detour information.

  • 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

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

Wedding, special event, and commercial filming permits

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

Did You Know?

seasonal freshwater wetlands in the Province Lands

135 acres of seasonal freshwater wetlands exist across the dune landscape of Cape Cod National Seashore's Province Lands. These wetlands which typically dry down by mid-summer, support plants, serve as breeding areas for Spadefoot and Fowler’s toads, and provide drinking water for wildlife.