"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.

The white silhouette of a white shark stands out on a purple field.

Shark Safety

Be shark smart while visiting Cape Cod! Photo credit: NPS / Bill Fisher

A black Jeep sits on a beach with people in swimsuits enjoying the sun.

Oversand Beach Driving

Permits and regulations for oversand beach driving.

A ranger pulls a canoe down a ramp towards a pond, as a mother and son follow holding paddles.

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!

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Where to Stay

Lodging at and near Cape Cod National Seashore.

The silhouettes of fishermen are framed against a brilliant sunset.

Hunting and Fishing

Know the regulations and seasons to enjoy a safe hunting or fishing trip at the seashore.

Last updated: July 8, 2019

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Mailing Address:

99 Marconi Site Road
Wellfleet, MA 02667


(508) 255-3421

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