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Guide's Guide to Cape Cod National Seashore

The Guide's Guide to Cape Cod National Seashore was created to help group leaders, tour operators, and educators, teach others about Cape Cod National Seashore. Dating back to its original publication date of 1995, it contains a wealth of information about the seashore's facilities, sites, resources, and stories. We encourage its use to provide a more enjoyable visit and to enhance visitor understanding of the abundant natural and cultural resources found here.

You may download the Guide's Guide by location and subject matter in a number of smaller PDF files listed below. Each of the touring sections contains an overview, a location summary and area map, information about prominent natural features, and fact sheets covering a variety of subjects. General subject sections contain titled fact sheets listed under each heading.

Touring Cape Cod National Seashore from South to North

Fort Hill, Eastham - Fact Sheets: Fort Hill/Skiff Hill, The Pilgrims in Eastham, The Penniman House and Family, Background of Penniman House, Fort Hill Trail Guide

Salt Pond and Nauset Marsh, Eastham - Fact Sheets: Salt Pond Visitor Center and Museum, the Buttonbush Trail Guide, The Nauset Marsh Trail Guide

Doane Rock and Doane Memorial, Eastham - Fact Sheets: Deacon John Doane, Why a National Seashore? Cape Cod National Seashore Land Ownership

Coast Guard Beach, Eastham - Fact Sheets: Coast Guard Beach, Archeology of Cape Cod, Beaches and Breaches, Henry Beston, Seals

Nauset Light, Eastham - Fact Sheets: The Three Sisters of Nauset Lighthouse, The French Transatlantic Cable, Piping Plovers

Marconi Station, Wellfleet - Fact Sheets: Marconi Station Area, Marconi, the Marconi Station, Atlantic White Cedar Swamp Trail

Great Island, Wellfleet - Fact Sheets: Great Island, The Pilgrims in Wellfleet, Cape Cod's Whaling Era, Great Island Tavern

Bound Brook, Wellfleet - Fact Sheets: The Cape Cod House, Atwood-Higgins House

Kettle Ponds, Wellfleet and Truro - Fact Sheets: Kettle Ponds and Water Quality, Henry David Thoreau

Pamet Valley, Truro - Fact Sheets: Cranberries on Cape Cod

The Highlands, Truro - Fact Sheets: Touring Cape Cod Lighthouses

Head of the Meadow and Pilgrim Heights, Truro - Fact Sheets: Small's Swamp Trail, Historic Quotes About the Pilgrim Heights Area, Shipwrecks

The Province Lands, Provincetown - Fact Sheets: The Province Lands Dunes, The Pilgrims Arrive on Cape Cod, The Mayflower Compact, The Pilgrims in Truro and Provincetown, Beech Forest Trail Guide, The Lifesavers of Cape Cod, Saltmaking on Outer Cape Cod, Windmills and Salt Vats

Prominent Cape Cod Personalities and Natural Resources

Prominent Cape Cod Personalities - Fact Sheets: Samoset, Squanto, and Massasoit, the Penniman Family, Eugene O'Neill

Common Plants and Animals - Fact Sheets: Endangered Species, Common Trailside Plants of Cape Cod National Seashore, Common Cape Cod Trees, Birding, Common Birds of Cape Cod National Seashore, Checklist of Mammals, The Eastern Coyote in Massachusetts, Whales of Cape Cod Waters, Stranded or Beached Marine Animals, Checklist of Amphibians and Reptiles, Red Tide, Greenhead Fly Traps

Coastal Processes and Their Effects - Fact Sheets: Outer Cape Salt Marshes, the Sandy Shore and Dune Environment, Tides, The Changing Cape Cod Coast, Erosion on Outer Cape Cod, Dune Stabilization

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.