Alerts & Conditions

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NPS

Updated October 22, 2020

This table provides general information about seashore facilities and operations. For beaches, the status refers only to if the beach is open or closed for use. It does not reflect parking availability. Pack out what you pack in, including trash and food scraps. Read and heed safety advisories at beaches. There are no lifeguards on duty. White sharks remain active through fall. 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 and walks Yes No Bottle filler is on As a safety mitigation measure during COVID-19, beach fires are not allowed on national seashore beaches in summer/fall 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 and walks

Visitor center closes for the season on October 31
Yes No Bottle filler is on until October 31 As a safety mitigation measure during COVID-19, beach fires are not allowed on national seashore beaches in summer/fall 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 Closed for the season No No Bottle filler is on until October 15 At high tide, Coast Guard Beach access can be impassable. Check the tide charts when planning your beach day.

Leashed may currently be walked to the north (left) of the access point (as you are facing water). Pets are not allowed south (to the right as you are facing the water) until October 16.


New access path opened 7/18/2020. Access the path via the sidewalk located a short distance north of the former path. The former access path is now closed.

Outdoor showers are on until October 15. 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/fall 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 Closed for the season N/A No Parking lot has closed for the season.
Nauset Light Beach Open Until 11/2 No No Bottle filler is on ujtil October 15 Leashed pets are permitted.

Outdoor showers are on until October 15. 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/fall 2020. Gas and charcoal grills are allowed. Remove all charcoal; do not dump on the beach or in trash cans.
Marconi Beach Open Closed for the season No No Bottle filler is on until October 15 Leashed pets are permitted.

Outdoor showers are on until October 15. 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/fall 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 open No No Bottle filler is on until October 15 Leashed pets are permitted.

Outdoor showers are on until October 15. 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/fall 2020. Gas and charcoal grills are allowed. Remove all charcoal; do not dump on the beach or in trash cans.
Race Point Beach Open Until October 31 No No Until October 31 Leashed pets are permitted.

Outdoor showers are on until October 31. 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/fall 2020. Gas and charcoal grills are allowed. Remove all charcoal; do not dump on the beach or in trash cans.
Herring Cove Beach Open Bathhouse is closed for the season. Vault toilets available in North and South parking lots. No No Bottle filler is on until October 22 Leashed pets are permitted on the beach but not in the marsh or the Hatches Harbors spit until October 15.

Outdoor showers are on until October 22. 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/fall 2020. Gas and charcoal grills are allowed. Remove all charcoal; do not dump on the beach or in trash cans.
Walking
Trails
Open N/A No, except those near visitor centers or beaches Pets not permitted on walking trails, with the 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

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

The Oversand Office is currently open from 8 AM to 4 PM.
Bike Trails Open N/A 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 year round, and on the Nauset and Province Lands bike trail from November 1 through April 30.

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.
 

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: October 22, 2020

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

99 Marconi Site Road
Wellfleet, MA 02667

Phone:

(508) 255-3421

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