Cape Cod National Seashore

Cape Cod National Seashore

Park Regulations & Safety


Off-Road Vehicle (ORV) Permit
$50 - 7 Days
$150 - Annual
For 2008, annual off-road vehicle permits go on sale March 26th. Advance-sale weekly permits are available starting March 1st. The application form for advance sales may be downloaded from the park's Oversand Beach Driving link.

Self-contained Recreational Vehicle (SCV) Permit
$75 - 7 Days
$225 - Annual
For 2008, self-contained off-road vehicle permits go on sale March 26th. Advance-sale weekly permits are available starting March 1st. The application form for advance sales may be downloaded from the park's Oversand Beach Driving link.

Campfire permits

Permits for beach campfires at the park's six swimming beaches are available at park visitor centers. Reservations may be made up to 3 days in advance by calling Salt Pond Visitor Center at (508) 255 - 3421 for beaches in Eastham and Wellfleet, and Province Lands Visitor Center at (508) 487 1256 for beaches in Truro and Provincetown. Three permits per day, per beach are issued. Permits are free, and must be picked up the day of the fire at the reserving visitor center, before 3:30 PM. Demand often exceeds the number of permits available. Use this chart to determine what day to make a reservation.

Reserve on: Sun Mon Tues Wed Thurs Fri Sat
For a fire on: Wed Thurs Fri Sat Sun Mon Tues

Fire permits for the ORV corridor are issued through the ORV office at Race Point Ranger Station in Provincetown. You may call them at (508) 487 2100 x 110.

Wedding, special event, and commercial filming permits

  • Special Use Permit application
  • Commercial Film Permit application (short form)
  • Commercial Film Permit application (long form)

Contact the Chief Ranger's office at (508) 349 3785 X 214 for details, and an application.


Cape Cod National Seashore, and some neighboring towns, require that pets be leashed at all times. Specific areas where pets are prohibited are posted. Ask at seashore visitor centers or ranger stations about restrictions that apply.



Your Safety

Safety Precautions:

Bicycle accidents cause the most injuries to visitors recreating at Cape Cod National Seashore. Wear a helmet when riding a bike. The State of Massachusetts helmet law is enforced within the seashore. SAFETY HELMETS ARE REQUIRED FOR PERSONS 16 YEARS OF AGE AND UNDER WHILE OPERATING OR RIDING AS A PASSENGER ON BICYCLES, IN-LINE SKATES, SCOOTERS, AND SKATEBOARDS. Helmets are strongly suggested for all riders, regardless of age. Ride single file to the right. Don’t speed. Be alert for hills, sharp turns, and other users. There may also be windblown sand, standing water, pine needles, and raised asphalt from tree roots. If you have an unfamiliar bike, check brakes, gears, and steering before entering a trail.

Ticks are prevalent. Learn to identify them and reduce exposure by remaining on designated paths.

Hunting is permitted in some areas of Cape Cod National Seashore. For more information, check at a visitor center or ranger station.

At the ocean, be alert for strong ocean currents, powerful waves, and underwater obstacles. Swim only at designated lifeguard-protected beaches. Never turn your back to the ocean when wading. Be wary of too much sun exposure.

Glass containers, rafts, rubber tubes, and masks and snorkels are prohibited on lifeguard-protected beaches.

Sand collapses easily. Climbing slopes and dunes, and digging holes deeper than knee level are prohibited.

Observe trail conditions while walking. Be aware of tree roots, stumps, and other naturally-occurring hazards.

In summer, be alert for heavy vehicular traffic, bicyclists, and pedestrians on narrow roads. Wear seatbelts while operating or riding in a vehicle.

Report safety hazards to visitor centers.

In addition, there are several environmental concerns that visitors should be aware of when spending time in the park. Click here for more information about ticks, poison ivy, and browntail moths to help ensure a safe experience at Cape Cod National Seashore. 


Freedom Of Information Act

This link will take you to several websites which provide detailed information about the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).

Freedom of Information Act

All FOIA requests to Cape Cod National Seashore must be made in writing, and must specify that they are FOIA requests.

Send to: Superintendent, Cape Cod National Seashore, 99 Marconi Site, Wellfleet, MA 02667