"A man may stand there and put all America behind him." Henry David Thoreau

The great Outer Beach described by Thoreau in the 1800s is protected within the national seashore. Forty miles of pristine sandy beach, marshes, ponds, and uplands support diverse species. Lighthouses, cultural landscapes, and wild cranberry bogs offer a glimpse of Cape Cod's past and continuing ways of life. Swimming beaches and walking and biking trails beckon today's visitors.

Be Shark Smart

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Cape Cod's waters are home to the magnificent great white shark. Learn about the ongoing study of these animals, and the basics of shark safety while visiting Cape Cod. Whether you plan to visit a national seashore beach or town beach, knowing how to balance enjoyment with the risks is important to having a fun and safe experience.

Learn More About Shark Safety

Ranger programs are offered spring through fall

Hike, Paddle, Tour with a Ranger

Find Your Park on a ranger program--canoeing, hiking, touring historic buildings, snorkeling, and yoga are experiences that await you!

A scientist in a grey and green National Park Service uniform takes measurements in a grassy field.

What's New in Science and Research?

Find out more about Science and Research at Cape Cod National Seashore.

Lighthouse set back from a green salt marsh with blue tidal creeks

ORV and Hunting Information

ORV and Hunting Information

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

99 Marconi Site Road
Wellfleet, MA 02667


(508) 255-3421

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