"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.

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

Plan ahead! Read more about current park conditions before visiting the park.

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Resource Hot Topics!

Find out more about the resources in Cape Cod National Seashore.

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Dune Shacks of Peaked Hill Bars

Learn more about the Dune Shacks of the Peaked Hill Bars Historic District.

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Hunting Safety

Help protect yourself and others while engaged in hunting activities at the seashore.

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Walking Trails

Choose from one of eleven hiking trails at Cape Cod National Seashore.

Last updated: November 16, 2023

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Contact Info

Mailing Address:

99 Marconi Site Road
Wellfleet, MA 02667


To contact NPS Law Enforcement or report an incident, please call the 24-hour dispatch: 617-242-5659. In the event of an emergency, call 911.

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