"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.

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 beach stretches out from an overlook with pine trees.

Walking Trails

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

Explore, Hike, Paddle, Tour! Ranger programs are offered spring through fall. Join us!

Ranger Programs

Share your seashore adventure with a park ranger. Get up close with the seashore's nature and history.

Adult spotted lanternflies remove sap from a tree with their mouthparts.

Resource Hot Topics!

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

Last updated: March 29, 2023

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Contact Info

Mailing Address:

99 Marconi Site Road
Wellfleet, MA 02667


To speak to a park ranger, call 508-255-3421 for visitor information.

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