"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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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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Hiking Trails

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

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Top 10 Tips For Visiting

Plan ahead before a busy summer season!

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Fees and Passes

Ranger helps visitor pay entrance fee.

Ranger programs are offered spring through fall. Join us!

Explore, Hike, Paddle, Tour!

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

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Beach and Water Safety

Know the dangers and the risks, and ensure every visit to the beach is a fun one!

Last updated: June 24, 2021

Contact the Park

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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