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

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Stay home if you feel sick.
 

Visitor Centers

Salt Pond Visitor Center

  • Open: Staffed information table at building entrance daily 9:00 AM-4:30PM
  • Open: Portable toilets
  • Open: America’s National Parks bookstore daily 9:00 AM-4:30PM

Province Lands Visitor Center

  • Closed: The Province Lands Visitor Center has closed for the season as of 10/31. The visitor center will re-open in May 2021.
  • Open: Restrooms
  • Open: Outdoor observation deck at the visitor center, conditions permitting
 

Beaches

Coast Guard Beach

  • Open: Coast Guard Beach
  • Closed: Restrooms have closed for the season.
  • Closed: Beach entrance fees have ended for the season. Beach entrance fee collection will resume in late-May 2021.
  • Lifeguard duty has ended for the season. Lifeguard duty will resume operations in late-June 2021.
  • Leashed pets are permitted on all areas of the beach this time of year.
  • 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: Shuttle service has ended for the season. Shuttle service will resume operations in late-May 2021.

Nauset Light Beach

  • Open: Nauset Light Beach
  • Closed: Restrooms are closed due to bathhouse construction.
  • Closed: Beach entrance fees have ended for the season. Beach entrance fee collection will resume in late-May 2021.
  • Lifeguard duty has ended for the season. Lifeguard duty will resume operations in late-June 2021.
  • Leashed pets are permitted on all areas of the beach this time of year.

Marconi Beach

  • Open: Marconi Beach
  • Closed: Restrooms have closed for the season.
  • Closed: Beach entrance fees have ended for the season. Beach entrance fee collection will resume in late-June 2021.
  • Lifeguard duty has ended for the season. Lifeguard duty will resume operations in late-June 2021.
  • Leashed pets are permitted on all areas of the beach this time of year.

Head of the Meadow Beach

  • Open: Head of the Meadow Beach
  • Open: Vault toilets in parking lot
  • Closed: Beach entrance fees have ended for the season. Beach entrance fee collection will resume in late-June 2021.
  • Lifeguard duty has ended for the season. Lifeguard duty will resume operations in late-June 2021.
  • Leashed pets are permitted on all areas of the beach this time of year.

Race Point Beach

  • Open: Race Point Beach
  • Closed: Restrooms have closed for the season.
  • Closed: Beach entrance fees have ended for the season. Beach entrance fee collection will resume in late-May 2021.
  • Lifeguard duty has ended for the season. Lifeguard duty will resume operations in late-June 2021.
  • Leashed pets are permitted on all areas of the beach this time of year.

Herring Cove Beach

  • Open: Herring Cove Beach
  • Open: Vault toilets in the North and South parking lots
  • Closed: Bathhouse restrooms have closed for the season
  • Closed: Beach entrance fees have ended for the season. Beach entrance fee collection will resume in late-May 2021.
  • Lifeguard duty has ended for the season. Lifeguard duty will resume operations in late-June 2021.
  • Leashed pets are permitted on all areas of the beach this time of year.
 

ORV Corridor

  • Limited Access: The ORV Corridor has begun Limited Access Season as of November 16, 2020. A Limited Access permit is required. Read more.
  • Closed: The Oversand Permits Office has closed for the season. The permits office will reopen April 10, 2021.
 

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.
 

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 1, 2020

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

99 Marconi Site Road
Wellfleet, MA 02667

Phone:

(508) 255-3421

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