Cape Cod National Seashore

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Cape Cod National Seashore
IUCN category V (protected landscape/seascape)
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Location Barnstable County, Massachusetts, USA
Nearest city Barnstable, Massachusetts
Coordinates 41°57′00″N 70°00′00″W / 41.95000°N 70.00000°W / 41.95000; -70.00000Coordinates: 41°57′00″N 70°00′00″W / 41.95000°N 70.00000°W / 41.95000; -70.00000
Area 43,607.14 acres (176.4718 km2)[1]
Established August 7, 1961
Visitors 4,426,750 (in 2014)[2]
Governing body National Park Service
Website Cape Cod National Seashore

The Cape Cod National Seashore (CCNS), created on August 7, 1961 by President John F. Kennedy,[3][4] encompasses 43,607 acres (68.1 sq mi; 176.5 km2)[1] on Cape Cod, in Massachusetts. It includes ponds, woods and beachfront of the Atlantic coastal pine barrens ecoregion. The CCNS includes nearly 40 miles (64 km) of seashore along the Atlantic-facing eastern shore of Cape Cod, in the towns of Provincetown, Truro, Wellfleet, Eastham, Orleans and Chatham. It is administered by the National Park Service.

Places of interest[edit]

Notable sites encompassed by the CCNS include Marconi Station (site of the first two-way transatlantic radio transmission), the Highlands Center for the Arts (formerly the North Truro Air Force Station), the Dune Shacks of Peaked Hill Bars Historic District (a 1,950-acre historic district containing dune shacks and the dune environment), and the glacial erratic known as Doane Rock.

A former United States Coast Guard station on the ocean in Truro is now operated as a 42-bed youth hostel by Hostelling International USA.[5]

There are several paved bike trails:[6]

  • Nauset Bike Trail - Eastham
  • Head of the Meadow Trail - Truro
  • Province Lands Trails - Provincetown

Restoration efforts[edit]

As part of the NPS Centennial Initiative, the Herring River estuary will be restored to its natural state through removal of dikes and drains that date back to 1909.[7]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Listing of acreage as of December 31, 2014". Land Resource Division, National Park Service. Retrieved 2015-08-26. 
  2. ^ "NPS Annual Recreation Visits Report". National Park Service. Retrieved 2015-08-26. 
  3. ^ "Bill signing - S. 857 Public Law 87-126, Cape Cod National Seashore Act, 11:47AM". John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum. 
  4. ^ "Cape Cod National Seashore Act - P.L. 87-126" (PDF). 75 Stat. 284 ~ Senate Bill 857. U.S. Government Printing Office. 
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  7. ^ "Herring River Tidal Restoration Project". National Park Service. July 2011. Retrieved 2013-05-31. 

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