Cape Cod National Seashore
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Introduction

Known as one of the most famous seashores in the United States, Cape Cod National Seashore is a must visit destination for your next RV adventure. Cape Cod has a long history and has been the home of the Wampanoag Native American people for many centuries. The modern history of the area dates back to 1602 when English explorer Bartholomew Gosnold landed in the area and took aboard a “great store of codfish", thus naming it Cape Cod. The official Cape Cod National Seashore area was first established on August 7, 1961 by President John F. Kennedy and features 43,607 acres of ponds, woods and beachfront on the Atlantic coastal pine barrens ecoregion.

Due to the massive size of the National Seashore there are many different recreational activities that will keep you occupied during your visit. There are six beaches that are fantastic for swimming, ranger guided activities (such as talks at the visitors centers and guided hikes), multiple picnic areas and opportunities for activities such as hunting and beach yoga. There is also a great visitor center that will inform you more about the history of the area and the animals that call the park home.

While there are no RV campgrounds within Cape Cod National Seashore we recommend that you stay at the nearby Nickerson State Park. Here you will find multiple camping areas that are available via reservation or on a first come, first served basis. Cape Cod National Seashore is open all year round.

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Transportation in Cape Cod National Seashore

Driving

Cape Cod National Seashore is located in far most western area of Massachusetts and is situated very close to the US-6 highway. Since the park is so large it has multiple entry and exit points that all can be accessed off the US-6. from areas north, east and west of the park.

Thanks to Cape Cod being a popular tourist and retirement area there are many towns located near the park that have plenty of services and amenities that you may need to enjoy your visit to Cape Cod National Seashore. Some of the towns close to Cape Cod include Wellfleet (around four and a half miles away), Eastham (around six miles away) and Orleans (around nine miles away). The closest city to the park is Barnstable, which is around 30 miles to the west.

Accessing the park should be quite straightforward as the roads in and around the park are very well maintained due to how busy the area is. Most of the roads into the seashore can be found off the US-6.

Parking

There is plenty of parking available within Cape Cod National Seashore.

Public Transport

Cape Cod National Seashore is serviced by multiple bus routes that leave from the surrounding towns.

Campgrounds and parking in Cape Cod National Seashore

Campsites in Cape Cod National Seashore

Reservations camping

First-come first-served

Alternate camping

Nickerson State Park Campgrounds

As mentioned earlier, there are no RV-friendly camping facilities within Cape Cod National Seashore. Despite this there is a state park located close by to the park that will be the perfect place for you to call home. Nickerson State Park has 418 campsites in multiple campgrounds that are set in pine and oak forests. The campgrounds slope down to the banks of eight crystal-clear fresh water ponds and also feature paved bicycle trails, freshwater swimming and very spacious campsites.

All sites at the Nickerson State Park Campgrounds have no hookups but the campgrounds feature water collection points, washrooms, a dump station and playgrounds. Pets are also allowed in most of the campgrounds and you should be able to get cell phone reception on all of the major providers.

Reservations are recommended if you choose to stay at Nickerson State Park as the campground is very popular during the summer months. Guests cannot stay at the campgrounds for more than 14 days at a time and reserved campsites will be held until 8:00 am on the day after your scheduled arrival date.

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