Nauset Light Beach in Eastham sits a few miles further east up along route 6. Nauset light is a very popular beach in july and august. expect the parking lot to fill very quickly on weekends, plan on being there by 9am to ensure a parking spot. An adjacent town-owned parking lot is available to Eastham residents only.
Steep stairs bring beach goers down to a spacious beach which is less crowded than most other national seashore beaches because of the limited parking. Dogs are allowed to both the right and left sides of the stairs beyond the lifeguard-protected beach areas.
Sometimes certain areas of nauset light beach will be closed to nesting piping plovers or other shorebirds, be sure to look for signs. if your dog scares a piping plover nest it will likely be abandoned by the parent piping plovers and then they start a new brood, which will keep parts of nauset light beach closed for an even longer time. so don’t let your dogs inside areas closed for nesting piping plover s on nauset light beach or other beaches of the cape cod national seashore.
be sure to pay a quick visit to the nauset beach light lighthouse at the far end of the parking lot of nauset light beach for a closer look at this landmark cape cod lighthouse.
nauset light was built in 1877 in chatham, and was moved to eastham in 1923. in 1996 nauset light and the lighthouse keeper’s house was moved away from the eroding sand dunes to their current location.
The recognizable red and while brick lighthouse is known all over the world as the logo for the cape cod potato chip company.
The cape cod national seashore beaches all share the same dog regulations: Dogs are allowed beyond the lifeguard protected sections of the beach. Dogs are required to remain leashed. Tickets are given to violators, so be aware.
The u.s. national park service has made access to nauset light beach and the cape cod seashore beaches affordable to all visitors. a one-day parking pass at nauset light beach is $15, but $45 will purchase a season-long pass for your vehicle. ORV vehicle passes are also available for the cape cod national seashore’s oversand trails on select beaches.
If you are over 65 you are eligible for a lifetime national parks pass for $10 which grants access to you and all passengers in your car. There are also free weekends at the beginning and end of each season.
The money from sticker fees at nauset light beach is directed back to the national seashore beaches to provide the bathrooms, changing rooms, outdoor showers, lifeguards and park rangers that keep the park safe, clean and enjoyable for the thousands of visitors who enjoy these unspoiled cape cod beaches each year.
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