Alerts & Conditions

Updated May 28, 2020

This table provides general guidance about facility operations relative to COVID-19. For beaches, the status refers only to if the beach is open or closed. It does not reflect parking availability. Trash cans are limited or not available. Pack out what you pack in including trash and food scraps. Be self-sufficient, as restrooms and drinking water are not available. Pack hand sanitizer. Read and heed safety advisories at beaches.
Location Open or Closed Restrooms Lifeguards NPS Fee Drinking Water Notes
Salt Pond Visitor Center Closed No No
Province Lands Visitor Center Closed No No
Coast Guard Beach Open No No No No Place beach blankets 12' from others to allow walking room.
Coast Guard Shuttle Closed
Nauset Light Beach Open No No No No Place beach blankets 12' from others to allow walking room.
Marconi Beach Open No No No No Place beach blankets 12' from others to allow walking room.
Head of the Meadow Beach Open No No No No Place beach blankets 12' from others to allow walking room.
Race Point Beach Open No No No No Place beach blankets 12' from others to allow walking room.
Herring Cove Beach Open No No No No Place beach blankets 12' from others to allow walking room.
Trails Open No No
ORV Corridor Closed Remote permit application process underway; https://www.nps.gov/caco/planyourvisit/cape-cod-national-seashore-oversand-beach-driving.htm
Bike Trails Open No No

COVID-19 Safety:
Practice social distancing of at least 6 feet between you and others. Place beach blankets at least 12 feet apart so there is walking room between you and others. Wear a face covering where social distancing cannot be maintained. 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, mouth.
 

Coronavirus COVID-19 Information

  • Cape Cod National Seashore is under limited operations due to COVID-19. Many facilities are not open and staffing is limited. 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.
  • Following guidance from the CDC and recommendations from state and local public health authorities in consultation with NPS Public Health Service officers, the following facilities and services are suspended until further notice:
    • Salt Pond Visitor Center, Province Lands Visitor Center, and Cape Cod National Seashore Headquarters are closed. The seashore is not issuing beach fire permits for seashore beaches or overnight fishing permits for seashore parking areas.
    • Restrooms are closed, and there are no trash cans.
  • 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.

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: May 27, 2020

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

99 Marconi Site Road
Wellfleet, MA 02667

Phone:

(508) 255-3421

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