Hatches Harbor, Provincetown

About this Location

Park at Herring Cove Beach parking lot, Provincetown

Take US-6 past traffic lights in Provincetown and right at Provincelands Road. Take first left into Herring Cove Beach parking lot, turn right after ranger booth.

This is a National Park area and fees are collected in season. The National Park Senior Pass is valid.

About Cape Cod National Seashore

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Cape Cod is a large peninsula extending 60 miles into the Atlantic Ocean from the coast of Massachusetts. Located on the outer portion of the Cape, Cape Cod National Seashore’s 44,600 acres encompass a rich mosaic of marine, estuarine, freshwater, and terrestrial ecosystems. These systems and their associated habitats reflect the Cape’s glacial origin, dynamic natural processes, and at least 9,000 years of human activity. Geomorphic shoreline change, groundwater fluctuations, tidal dynamics including rising sea level, and atmospheric deposition are among the many physical processes that continue to shape the Seashore’s ecosystems. Marine and estuarine systems include beaches, sand spits, tidal flats, salt marshes, and soft-bottom benthos. Freshwater ecosystems include kettle ponds, vernal pools, sphagnum bogs, and swamps. Terrestrial systems include pitch pine and scrub oak forests, heathlands, dunes, and sandplain grasslands. Many of these habitats are globally uncommon and the species that occupy them are correspondingly rare.

Notable Trails

Walk the bike path, fire road, and dike to Hatches Harbor and Race Point Lighthouse (could see whales at certain times of the year)

Content from Official Website and Cape Cod National Seashore website