"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.

The white silhouette of a white shark stands out on a purple field. Photo credit: NPS/Bill Fisher

Shark Safety

Be shark smart while visiting Cape Cod!

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Pets

Can I bring my best friend? Where can my pal go?

The silhouettes of fishermen are framed against a brilliant sunset.

Hunting

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

Last updated: March 25, 2022

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Contact Info

Mailing Address:

99 Marconi Site Road
Wellfleet , MA 02667

Phone:

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

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