Current Park Conditions

Several people stand and sit on chairs at the beach.
Seashore beaches invite relaxation, recreation, and contemplation

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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. 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

  • Outdoor Information Open/Visitor Center Building Closed: Park staff are available at outdoor information tables to assist with visitor inquires. The museum and park film are closed.
  • Open: Restrooms
  • Open: America’s National Parks bookstore. Closed on Mondays.

Province Lands Visitor Center

  • Outdoor Information Open/Visitor Center Building Closed: Park staff are available at outdoor information tables to assist with visitor inquires. The park film is closed.

  • Open: Restrooms

  • Open: Outdoor observation deck at the visitor center

  • Open: America's National Parks bookstore
 

Beaches

Coast Guard Beach

  • Open: Coast Guard Beach
  • Open: Restrooms are open.
  • Weekend beach entrance fee collection and parking restrictions are in place. Trams run from Little Creek to Coast Guard on Saturdays and Sundays through September 19.
  • Lifeguard duty has ended for the season. Sharks are still active around the seashore through October. Use caution on beaches.
  • 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

  • Open: The Coast Guard beach shuttle to Coast Guard Beach is open on Saturdays and Sundays through September 19. Masks are required when riding the shuttle.

Nauset Light Beach

  • Open: Nauset Light Beach.
  • Construction on the new bathhouse complex is underway, and parking is severely curtailed. Consider choosing an alternate beach as the parking lot fills early every day.
  • Closed: Restrooms are closed due to bathhouse construction. Porta-potties are available in the parking lot.
  • Beach fee collection has ended for the season.
  • Lifeguard duty has ended for the season. Sharks are still active around the seashore through October. Use caution on beaches.
  • Check the pet page for updated pet restrictions due to shorebird nesting.

Marconi Beach

  • Open: Marconi Beach
  • Open: Restrooms are open.
  • Weekend beach entrance fee collection is in place through September 19.
  • Lifeguard duty has ended for the season. Sharks are still active around the seashore through October. Use caution on beaches.
  • 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.
  • Beach fee collection has ended for the season.
  • Lifeguard duty has ended for the season. Sharks are still active around the seashore through October. Use caution on beaches.
  • Check the pet page for updated pet restrictions due to shorebird nesting.

Race Point Beach

  • Open: Race Point Beach
  • Open: Restrooms are open.
  • Weekend beach entrance fee collection is in place through September 19.
  • Lifeguard duty has ended for the season. Sharks are still active around the seashore through October. Use caution on beaches.
  • Check the pet page for updated pet restrictions due to shorebird nesting.

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.
  • Weekend beach entrance fee collection is in place through September 19.
  • Lifeguard duty has ended for the season. Sharks are still active around the seashore through October. Use caution on beaches.
  • 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

  • Variable: Many historic buildings are closed due to COVID-19. Others have grounds tours available. Pick up an activity guide at visitor centers for current status and schedules.
 

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: September 17, 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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