Current Park Conditions

Several people stand and sit on chairs at the beach.
Several groups social distance at the beach.

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Coronavirus COVID-19 Information

 
  • Consistent with CDC recommendations, people who are not fully vaccinated must continue to wear masks indoors and in crowded outdoor spaces. Masks are required for everyone on all forms of public transportation. Additional details are available at www.nps.gov/coronavirus. Please recreate responsibly.
  • Cape Cod National Seashore operations continue to be altered 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.
  • As services are limited, the NPS urges visitors to continue to practice Leave No Trace principles to keep outdoor spaces safe and healthy.
  • Maintain a distance of at least 6 feet between you and others.
  • 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.
  • Stay home if you feel sick.
 

Visitor Centers

Salt Pond Visitor Center

  • Open: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the visitor center building and exhibits remain closed to the public. Park staff are available at building entrances 9:00 am-5:00 pm daily for information and visitor inquiries.
  • Open: Restrooms
  • Open: America’s National Parks bookstore daily 9:00 am-5:00 pm

Province Lands Visitor Center

  • Open: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the visitor center building and exhibits remain closed to the public. Park staff are available at building entrances 9:00 am-5:00 pm daily for information and visitor inquiries.
  • Open: Restrooms
  • Open: Outdoor observation deck at the visitor center, conditions permitting
 

Beaches

Coast Guard Beach

  • Open: Coast Guard Beach
  • Open: Restrooms are open.
  • Closed: Weekend beach entrance fee collection and parking restrictions will resume May 29, 2021.
  • Lifeguard duty will resume operations June 17, 2021.
  • Leashed pets are permitted to the north (to the left of beach access) until 10/15. Check the pet page for updated pet restrictions due to shorebird nesting.
  • At certain high tides, Coast Guard Beach to the south of the access path may be impassable. Check the tide charts when planning your visit.

Coast Guard Shuttle from Little Creek

  • Closed: Weekend shuttle service and fee collection will resume operations May 29.

Nauset Light Beach

  • Open: Nauset Light Beach
  • Closed: Restrooms are closed due to bathhouse construction. Port-o-pot's will be available for service beginning May 29, 2021.
  • Closed: Beach entrance fee collection will resume June 17, 2021.
  • Lifeguard duty will resume operations June 17, 2021.
  • Leashed pets are permitted on certain areas of the beach this time of year. Check the pet page for updated pet restrictions due to shorebird nesting.
  • Construction on the new bathhouse complex will be completed this summer. Read more here.

Marconi Beach

  • Open: Marconi Beach
  • Open: Restrooms will are open.
  • Closed: Weekend beach entrance fee collection will resume May 29, 2021.
  • Lifeguard duty will resume operations June 17, 2021.
  • Leashed pets are permitted on certain areas of the beach this time of year. Check the pet page for updated pet restrictions due to shorebird nesting.

Head of the Meadow Beach

  • Open: Head of the Meadow Beach
  • Open: Vault toilets in parking lot. Showers and water are available.
  • Closed: Beach entrance fee collection will resume June 17, 2021.
  • Lifeguard duty will resume operations June 17, 2021.
  • Check the pet page for updated pet restrictions due to shorebird nesting.

Race Point Beach

Herring Cove Beach

  • Open: Herring Cove Beach
  • Open: Vault toilets in the North and South parking lots.
  • Open: Bathhouse restrooms, changing rooms, and showers are open.
  • Closed: Weekend beach entrance fee collection will resume May 29, 2021.
  • Lifeguard duty will resume operations June 17, 2021.
  • Leashed pets are permitted on certain areas of the beach this time of year. Check the pet page for updated pet restrictions due to shorebird nesting.
 

ORV Corridor

 

Hiking Trails

  • Open: All eleven hiking trails in the park are open for use.
  • Pets are NOT permitted on any park trails, with the exception of a short section at the start of the Great Island Trail.
  • Expect trails to be overgrown; watch for poison ivy and ticks.
 

Bike Trails

  • Open: All three bike trails in the park are open for use.
  • Leashed pets are permitted on Head of the Meadow Bike Trail year-round, and on the Nauset and Province Lands bike trails from November 1 through April 30.
 

Historic Buildings

  • Closed: Historic buildings are currently closed due to COVID-19 restrictions, but the grounds are open for visiting. Check back for updates.
 

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

 

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Last updated: May 26, 2021

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

99 Marconi Site Road
Wellfleet, MA 02667

Phone:

(508) 255-3421

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