A trip to Cape Cod isn’t complete without the a visit to the National Seashore. This National Park was established by President John F. Kennedy in the summer of 1961. The Cape Cod National Seashore covers more than 43,000 acres of woods, ponds and beachfront. The beaches add up to almost 40 miles of seashore on the the Atlantic-facing east shore of Cape Cod. The towns of Provincetown, Truro, Wellfleet, Eastham, Orleans and Chatham all have land included in the National Seashore. And the Cape Cod National Seashore has more to offer than just gorgeous stretches of sand and waves. Take a look at a few of the things to explore at the Cape Cod National Seashore.
Of course, the National Seashore’s most popular feature is its many beaches. The National Seashore boasts six swimming beaches: Coast Guard Beach and Nauset Light Beach in Eastham, Race Point Beach and Herring Cove Beach in Provincetown, Marconi Beach in Wellfleet and Head of the Meadow Beach in Truro. Each beach has its own personality while maintaining that beautiful New England charm that Cape Cod is famous for.
Highlands Center at Cape Cod National Seashore
The Highlands Center is a unique campus for scientists and artist to research and create, all while celebrating what makes Cape Cod special. According to their mission statement, “the Highlands Center fosters the unique cultural and natural heritage of Cape Cod by facilitating scientific research, the arts tradition, and educational programs atop the dramatic sea cliffs of Cape Cod National Seashore.” Click here to learn more.
Dune Shacks of Peaked Hill Bars Historic District
This historic district is home to dune shacks that have housed American writers and artists since the 1920s. It is located in the Outer Cape in Provincetown and Truro. Along with the 19 dune shacks, there is a large undeveloped dune landscape that has been preserved to provide inspiration to the artists that inhabit the district.
This South Wellfleet telegraph station was built in 1902 transmitted the first two-way transatlantic telegraphic message in 1903. The station is now known as the “Marconi Area” as only remains of the station’s towers are left on the beach.
Bike and Walking Trails
There are several self-guided walking trails in the National Seashore park, including Pamet Cranberry Bog Trail in Truro, a one mile trail featuring an abandoned cranberry bog. If you’re a cycling enthusiast or just looking for a relaxing way to take in the beaches and woodlands of Cape Cod, the National Seashore has numerous paved bike paths. These trails include Nauset Bike Trail in Eastham, Provincetown Lands Trails in Provincetown and Head of the Meadow Trail in Truro.
While you’re making plans for your visit to the National Seashore, be sure you have your room at Chatham Gables booked. Take a look at our selection of rooms and find the perfect place to unwind after a day at the seashore.
Photo Courtesy of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Northeast Region