Alerts & Conditions

People with beach gear unload from an open-air shuttle
The shuttle to Coast Guard Beach runs daily from the Little Creek Staging Area on Doane Road, Eastham. Parking and shuttle capacities are reduced as a COVID-19 safety mitigation measure.
Updated July 30, 2020

This table provides general information about facility operations relative to COVID-19. For beaches, the status refers only to if the beach is open or closed for use. It does not reflect parking availability or temporary swimming restrictions by lifeguards. Pack out what you pack in, including trash and food scraps. Read and heed safety advisories at beaches. Beach fires are not allowed.
Location Open or Closed Restrooms Lifeguards Fee Drinking Water Notes
Salt Pond Visitor Center Staffed outdoor information station and short ranger talks Yes No Bottle filler is on New in 2020: Fee passes will not be sold/issued at visitor centers. All passes will be sold/issued at fee booths during operating hours. Beach fee information:
https://www.nps.gov/caco/planyourvisit/fees.htm

As a safety mitigation measure during COVID-19, beach fires are not allowed on national seashore beaches in summer 2020. Gas and charcoal grills are allowed. Remove all charcoal; do not dump on the beach or in trash cans.

America's National Parks store is open daily from 9:30-4:30; enter on the pond side of the building.
Province Lands Visitor Center Staffed outdoor information station and short ranger talks Yes No Bottle filler is on New in 2020: Fee passes will not be sold/issued at visitor centers. All passes will be sold/issued at fee booths during operating hours. Beach fee information:
https://www.nps.gov/caco/planyourvisit/fees.htm

As a safety mitigation measure during COVID-19, beach fires are not allowed on national seashore beaches in summer 2020. Gas and charcoal grills are allowed. Remove all charcoal; do not dump on the beach or in trash cans.

Accessible entrance path construction underway; contract delayed by COVID-19 impacts. No wheelchair access at this time.
Coast Guard Beach Open Yes Yes Yes; pay at Little Creek Shuttle Area Bottle filler is on At high tide, Coast Guard Beach access can be impassable. Please check the tide charts when planning your beach day.

Pets are not permitted on the lifeguarded section of the beach, but may currently be walked through to reach the open section of beach to the north (left) of the access point (as you are facing water). No pets south (to the right as you are facing the water).


New access path opened 7/18/2020. Access the path via the sidewalk located a short distance from the shuttle drop-off point. The former access path is now closed.

Beach parking lot is restricted to Eastham residents and vehicles with handicap placard between 8:30 am and 5:30 pm daily.

Outdoor showers are on. No indoor showers.

Place beach blankets 12' from others to allow walking room and social distancing.

As a safety mitigation measure during COVID-19, beach fires are not allowed on national seashore beaches in summer 2020. Gas and charcoal grills are allowed. Remove all charcoal; do not dump on the beach or in trash cans.
Coast Guard Shuttle from Little Creek Yes No Coast Guard Beach fee is collected here As a safety mitigation measure during COVID-19, Little Creek parking and shuttle capacities are reduced.
Nauset Light Beach Open Yes Yes Yes Bottle filler is on Pets are not permitted on the lifeguarded section of the beach, but may currently be walked through to reach the open section of beach north (to the left) of the access point and a shorter open section south (to the right) of the access point.

Outdoor showers are on. No indoor showers.

Place beach blankets 12' from others to allow walking room and social distancing.

As a safety mitigation measure during COVID-19, beach fires are not allowed on national seashore beaches in summer 2020. Gas and charcoal grills are allowed. Remove all charcoal; do not dump on the beach or in trash cans.
Marconi Beach Open Yes Yes Yes Bottle filler is on Pets are not permitted on the lifeguarded section of the beach, but may currently be walked through to reach the open section of beach south (to the right of the stairs as you are facing water). No pets north (to the left as you are facing the water)

Outdoor showers are on. No indoor showers.

Place beach blankets 12' from others to allow walking room and social distancing.

As a safety mitigation measure during COVID-19, beach fires are not allowed on national seashore beaches in summer 2020. Gas and charcoal grills are allowed. Remove all charcoal; do not dump on the beach or in trash cans.

Toilets are open during restroom rehabilitation; contract delayed by COVID-19 impacts.
Head of the Meadow Beach Open Vault toilets No lifeguards in 2020; read and heed safety advisories posted at the beach and be aware of the risks No fee in 2020 Bottle filler is on Pets not permitted at this beach at this time.

Outdoor showers are on. No indoor showers.

Place beach blankets 12' from others to allow walking room and social distancing.

As a safety mitigation measure during COVID-19, beach fires are not allowed on national seashore beaches in summer 2020. Gas and charcoal grills are allowed. Remove all charcoal; do not dump on the beach or in trash cans.

Race Point Beach Open Yes Yes Yes Yes Pets not permitted at this beach at this time.

Outdoor showers are on. No indoor showers.

Place beach blankets 12' from others to allow walking room and social distancing.

As a safety mitigation measure during COVID-19, beach fires are not allowed on national seashore beaches in summer 2020. Gas and charcoal grills are allowed. Remove all charcoal; do not dump on the beach or in trash cans.

Far Land on the Beach food concession is open.
Herring Cove Beach Open Yes No lifeguards in 2020; read and heed safety advisories posted at the beach and be aware of risks Yes Bottle filler is on Leashed pets may currently be walked on a short section of the beach to the south (left, as you face the water) of the bathhouse. No pets north or on the beach at the north parking area.

Outdoor showers are on. No indoor showers.

Place beach blankets 12' from others to allow walking room and social distancing.

As a safety mitigation measure during COVID-19, beach fires are not allowed on national seashore beaches in summer 2020. Gas and charcoal grills are allowed. Remove all charcoal; do not dump on the beach or in trash cans.
Walking
Trails
Open No, except those near visitor centers No, except those near visitor centers or beaches Pets not permitted on walking trails, with exception of short section at Great Island.

Bikes are not permitted on walking trails.

Expect trails to be overgrown; watch for poison ivy and ticks.
ORV Corridor Open:

Hatches Harbor is open for 6/10 of a mile. Access is through the Pole Line Road by the lighthouse.

3/10 of a mile is open to leashed pets to the right of th
e access.

3/10 of a mile is closed to pets to the left of the access.

Crossover is closed.

Cape Cod National Seashore

Porta-potty at access point. Yes Information: https://www.nps.gov/caco/planyourvisit/cape-cod-national-seashore-oversand-beach-driving.htm
Bike Trails Open No, except where trails pass visitor centers or beaches No, except those near visitor centers or beaches Vegetation along bike trails may be overgrown due to COVID-19-related maintenance delays.

Leashed pets are permitted on Head of the Meadow Bike Trail.

Information:
https://www.nps.gov/caco/planyourvisit/biking-at-cape-cod-national-seashore.htm
Historic
Buildings
Closed No Buildings are closed, but the grounds are open for visiting.
Highland Links Golf Course Open Yes Information: http://highlandlinkscapecod.com/-contact-information


Coronavirus COVID-19 Information

  • Cape Cod National Seashore operations are limited due to COVID-19. Visitors should adjust their expectations accordingly and should practice social distancing, personal hygiene, and other behaviors to avoid infection in public areas. Visitors should not rely upon site staff to ensure their protection from contagious disease.
  • Where it is possible to adhere to the latest federal, state, and local health guidance, outdoor spaces, including beaches, trails, and parking lots are open. All seashore regulations remain in effect.
  • The NPS encourages people who choose to visit the national parks during this pandemic to adhere to guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and state and local public health authorities to prevent the spread of infectious diseases. As services are limited, the NPS urges visitors to continue to practice Leave No Trace principles to keep outdoor spaces safe and healthy. See more information at www.nps.gov/coronavirus.
  • Maintain a distance of at least 6 feet between you and others.
  • Place beach blankets at least 12 feet apart so there is walking room and social distancing space between you and others.
  • Wear your face covering where social distancing cannot be maintained, including in restroom buildings and on trails and beach paths.
  • Practice kindness: Step aside to let others pass and avoid crowding other people.
  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze.
  • Stay home if you feel sick.
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Pack your patience. Summer is busy here under the best of circumstances. Anticipate lines and waiting.
 

Beach and Ocean Conditions

What to know before you go. Get your beach and ocean safety tips, including information about sharks.

Tides

Knowing the tides is extremely important at Cape Cod. Tides can limit your access to certain areas.

Visit the Massachusetts Marine Boat Association for detailed tide tables.

Weather

Weather is always unpredictable, so make sure to check the forecast before your head to the seashore. Always pack sunscreen, water, and layers of clothing if you plan on being outdoors.

National Weather Service Forecast for Wellfleet, MA

Last updated: July 30, 2020

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

99 Marconi Site Road
Wellfleet, MA 02667

Phone:

(508) 255-3421

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