Nice Camping Places to Go in the Western Cape

Nice Camping Places to Go in the Western Cape
Cape Cod is a popular holiday and getaway destination along Massachusetts' Atlantic Coast. It is a water playground with chances to surf, swim, snorkel, sea kayak, sail, beach hike and bird watch. Whale watching during summer is possible as the Atlantic Humpback's return from the Caribbean breeding grounds to feed in the food rich waters of the Cape. The western side of the Cape has several areas for camping, should you be traveling via RV or tent camping.

Cape Cod National Seashore

The Cape Cod National Seashore has limited spaces for self contained vehicle camping available on a first come, first serve basis. Camping is permissible along the designated dunes area. No pets are allowed near nesting plovers. Permits are needed to camp from Self Contained Vehicles (RVs) and may be obtained through the park's headquarters. Beach fires are allowed by permit only. Check with rangers for permits or to get current restrictions and closures. Bring your own water, and grey/black water containment systems. Pack out what you pack in. Enjoy beach hiking and bird watching along the dunes.

Cape Cod National Seashore
99 Marconi Site Road
Wellfleet, MA 02667


Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve

Primitive camping is allowed on a reservation only basis at the Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve. The reserve is on an island located along the western Cape, and a ferry ride or kayak trip is necessary to get to the reserve. Reservations must be made prior to arrival, and can be done on-line. Bring water, and all food and personal items you will need during your camping trips. Pets are not allowed. Beach fires are regulated, check for current and posted rules prior to starting a fire. Enjoy bird- and whale watching at the reserve.

Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve
149 Waquoit Highway
Waquoit, MA 02536

Scusset Beach State Resevration

Scusset Beach State Reservation is run through the Massachusetts' parks system. Tent and beach camping is allowed during summer months (May through September.) There is a 98-site campground for trailer and RV camping with water and 30-amp electric connections. Toilets, showers and fresh water is available. Pets are allowed if leashed, and are not allowed on the beach at any time. A fishing pier is available for salt water anglers. Sea kayaking, swimming or scuba diving is possible from the beach and campground.

Scusset Beach State Reservation
Scusset Beach Rd.
Sandwich, MA
508 888-0859


Article Written By Eric Cedric

A former Alaskan of 20 years, Eric Cedric now resides in California. He's published in "Outside" and "Backpacker" and has written a book on life in small-town Alaska, "North by Southeast." Cedric was a professional mountain guide and backcountry expedition leader for 18 years. He worked in Russia, Iceland, Greece, Turkey and Belize. Cedric attended Syracuse University and is a private pilot.

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