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July 25, 2005
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National Seashore offers the best of the beach
By Teague Neal
If you’re going to Cape Cod, make sure to
pay a visit anywhere along the National Seashore.
The Cape Cod National Seashore –
encapsulating a large portion of the arm-shaped peninsula off the east coast of
Massachusetts – runs for thousands of acres.
A visit can include spending time on one of
the beaches that dot this special area, having a hike or perhaps packing a
Nauset Light Beach, which includes the classic
Nauset Lighthouse, is a fine example of what the park offers.
Reddish, soaring cliffs provide a dramatic
backdrop to Nauset Light Beach, the widest beach my eyes and feet have come
Vacationers swim and sunbathe on a relatively
crowd-free stretch of sand, making it a perfect place to pluck that perfect
seashell as a souvenir of the Cape.
On two nearby trails you can take a leisurely
walk or a brisk run on the quarter-mile Buttonbush Trail and the one and a half mile Nauset Marsh Trail.
Before heading down the trails or off to the
beach, visit the National Park Service’s visitor’s center in Eastham. The
center includes displays and dioramas that explain the history and highlights of
the National Seashore.
Friendly park rangers are there to answer
questions and will provide informative packages of maps and reading material.
A second visitor’s center is located in
Provincetown, between the Beach Forest Trail and Race Point Beach, though this
center is only open seasonally.
The sprawling National Seashore is the ticket
for those who want more than simply relaxing on the beach.
Though visitors can still recline with a good
book or just listen to the surf, the National Seashore offers a chance to learn
much more about Cape Cod, its rich history and all the action it has to offer
For more information on the National Park Service, check out the website at www.nps.gov.
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