Cape Cod National Seashore

by Donna Cain, innkeeper and owner

National Seashore beach

Marconi beach, photo by John Kovalcik

The National Seashore is a Cape Cod treasure. The creation of the Seashore in 1961, with the signature of President John F. Kennedy, helped to preserve 40 miles of Atlantic Ocean beaches and neighboring lands and animals while allowing residents and visitors to enjoy hiking, swimming, sunbathing, birding, biking, picnicking and camping. The National Seashore  encompasses 44,000 acres and we like to recommend that our guests stop at the Salt Pond Visitor Center in Eastham. It has a lovely bookstore, historical exhibit and plenty of rangers to help you decide which beach to visit. We are continually amazed how each beach is unique and original. We use to say to our Cape Cod Bed and Breakfast guests staying at Brewster by the Sea Inn and Spa that Marconi Beach was our favorite but after visiting Head of the Meadows that may be our new favorite.

Marconi Beach

Marconi Beach, photo by John Kovalcik

Listed below are some top places to visit in the Seashore:

* Watch a sunset at the north parking lot at Herring Cove Beach. We like to think that our sunsets in Brewster are the best on the Cape, but Herring Cove beach also provides a perfect angle to see the sunset over the bay.

Cape Cod sunset

Cape Cod sunset from Breakwater Beach, photo by John Kovalcik

* Visit the Old Harbor Life Saving Station at Race Point Beach, to see how the rescues from sunken vessels used to happen before the U.S. Coastguard existed.

Life Saving Museum

Life Saving Museum, photo by John Kovalcik

*See the Highland light or the Cape Cod Light. This brick tower dates from 1857, and is on the site of the first lighthouse built on Cape Cod.

Highland Lighthouse

Highland Lighthouse, Photo by Byron Cain

* Step back in time at the old North Truro Air Force Station off Old Dewline Road. It’s a 110 acre property with walking trails that is in transition from an old military base to what is planned as a science, education and arts facility known as the Highlands Center.

* Hike Great Island, one of the few areas in the seashore on Cape Cod Bay with views of Wellfleet Harbor. The trail begins at the end of Chequessett Neck Road.

Great Island, Photo by Byron Cain

Great Island, Photo by Byron Cain

* Marconi Beach- named after the famous Italian inventor Guglielmo Marconi, who in 1903, on a site here completed the first transatlantic wireless communication between the U.S. and England. The site also includes the White Cedar Swamp trail that we love.

Marconi Beach, photo by John Kovalcik

Marconi Beach, photo by John Kovalcik


* Visit Coast Guard and Nauset Light beaches, and the Nauset and Three Sisters Lighthouses, all east of Route 6 at the intersection of Nauset Road. Ocean View Drive and Cable Road connect the beaches and lighthouses.

Nauset Light House, photo by John Kovalcik

Nauset Light House, photo by John Kovalcik

* Explore Fort Hill, off Route 6 at Govenors Prence Road, with walking trails, views of Nauset Marsh and the historic Penniman House.

Penniman House

Penniman House

Exhaling on Cape Cod and so appreciative that we have so much natural beauty around us.

Photos in this blog by John Kovalcik and innkeeper, Byron Cain

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