Current Park Conditions

Alerts

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COVID-19 Information

 
  • Following the latest CDC guidance, visitors to Cape Cod National Seashore, regardless of vaccination status or community transmission levels, are required to wear a mask in crowded outdoor spaces and indoors, including, but not limited to, park visitor centers, administrative offices, and book stores. Masks are required for everyone on all forms of public and commercial 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. As services are limited, the NPS urges visitors to continue to practice Leave No Trace principles to keep outdoor spaces clean and healthy.

 

Visitor Centers

Salt Pond Visitor Center

  • Open: Staff and volunteers are on duty to answer questions, assist with orientation information, and provide maps and brochures. The building has limited capacity due to COVID-19. On busy days, to avoid long waits, rangers may move outdoors. The museum and theater remain closed. Hours: 9 am to 4:30 pm
  • Open: America’s National Parks store. The store will be closed 12/11-12/17. The store will reopen on Saturday, 12/18.
  • Open: Restrooms located in the parking area

Province Lands Visitor Center

  • Closed: The Province Lands Visitor Center has closed for the season. The visitor center will reopen in May 2022.
  • Closed: The America's National Parks bookstore has closed for the season. The store will reopen in May 2022.
  • Open: Restrooms located in the parking area
  • Open: Outdoor observation deck at the visitor center, weather and safety conditions permitting
 

Beaches

Coast Guard Beach

  • Open: Coast Guard Beach
  • Closed: Restrooms have closed for the season.
  • Beach entrance fee collection has ended for the season. National park passes are no longer available for sale. Fee collection and pass sales will resume late-May 2022.
  • Lifeguard duty has ended for the season. Sharks are still active around the seashore through October. Use caution and heed advisories on beaches.

Coast Guard Shuttle from Little Creek

  • Closed: The Coast Guard beach shuttle has ended for the season. Weekend service will resume late-May 2022.

Nauset Light Beach

  • Open: Nauset Light Beach.
  • Construction on the new bathhouse complex is underway, and parking is severely curtailed. Plan ahead before your visit.
  • Closed: Restrooms have closed for the season.
  • Beach entrance fee collection has ended for the season. National park passes are no longer available for sale. Fee collection and pass sales will resume late-May 2022.
  • Lifeguard duty has ended for the season. Sharks are still active around the seashore through October. Use caution and heed advisories on beaches.

Marconi Beach

  • Open: Marconi Beach
  • Closed: Restrooms have closed for the season.
  • Beach entrance fee collection has ended for the season. National park passes are no longer available for sale. Fee collection and pass sales will resume late-May 2022.
  • Lifeguard duty has ended for the season. Sharks are still active around the seashore through October. Use caution and heed advisories on beaches.

Head of the Meadow Beach

  • Open: Head of the Meadow Beach
  • Open: Vault toilets in parking lot are open year round.
  • Beach entrance fee collection has ended for the season. National park passes are no longer available for sale. Fee collection and pass sales will resume late-May 2022.
  • Lifeguard duty has ended for the season. Sharks are still active around the seashore through October. Use caution and heed advisories on beaches.

Race Point Beach

  • Open: Race Point Beach
  • Closed: Restrooms have closed for the season.
  • Beach entrance fee collection has ended for the season. National park passes are no longer available for sale. Fee collection and pass sales will resume late-May 2022.
  • Lifeguard duty has ended for the season. Sharks are still active around the seashore through October. Use caution and heed advisories on beaches.

Herring Cove Beach

  • Open: Herring Cove Beach
  • Open: Vault toilets in the north and south parking lots are open year round.
  • Closed: Bathhouse and restroom facilities have closed for the season.
  • Beach entrance fee collection has ended for the season. National park passes are no longer available for sale. Fee collection and pass sales will resume late-May 2022.
  • Lifeguard duty has ended for the season. Sharks are still active around the seashore through October. Use caution and heed advisories on beaches.
 

ORV Corridor

The Limited Access season is underway as of November 15. The Oversand Permits Office has closed for the season and will reopen in spring 2022.
 

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

  • Variable: Historic building tours have concluded for the season, but the grounds are open for visiting.
 

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: December 4, 2021

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

99 Marconi Site Road
Wellfleet , MA 02667

Phone:

508-255-3421
To speak to a park ranger, call 508-255-3421 for visitor information.

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