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

 
  • To protect the health of those who live, work, and visit our national parks and facilities, and in support of the President’s Executive Order on Protecting the Federal Workforce and Requiring Mask-Wearing, face masks are now required in all NPS buildings and facilities. Masks are also required on NPS-managed lands when physical distancing cannot be maintained, such as narrow or busy trails, overlooks, and parking lots. (NPS News Release)
  • Read formal updates to the Superintendent's Compendium about mask-wearing on federal property.
  • 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.
  • 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: Staffed information table at building entrance daily 9:00 am-5:00 pm
  • Open: Restrooms
  • Open: America’s National Parks bookstore daily 9:00 am-5:00 pm

Province Lands Visitor Center

  • Open: Staffed information table at building entrance daily 9:00 am-5:00pm
  • Open: Restrooms
  • Open: Outdoor observation deck at the visitor center, conditions permitting
 

Beaches

Coast Guard Beach

  • Open: Coast Guard Beach
  • Closed: Restrooms will re-open mid-May 2021.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Marconi Beach

  • Open: Marconi Beach
  • Closed: Restrooms will re-open in late-May 2021.
  • 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 are open. Changing rooms and shower remain closed until late-May.
  • 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

  • Open: The ORV corridor is open. A valid permit is required to access the ORV corridor.
  • Open: The Oversand Permits Office is open. The Oversand Permits Office will be closed on Tuesday, May 11 due to the installation of a new Point-of-Sale register system. There is a potential for the closure to extend into the following day depending on conditions. This closure only applies to the permit office. The ORV corridor will be open as normal for visitors with valid permits.
 

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 5, 2021

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

99 Marconi Site Road
Wellfleet, MA 02667

Phone:

(508) 255-3421

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