"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.

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Resource Hot Topics!

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

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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Dune Shacks of Peaked Hill Bars

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

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.

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Walking Trails

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

Last updated: May 2, 2024

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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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