Pet Friendly

Dogs and Cape Cod Beaches

While most Cape Cod Beaches do not permit dogs May 15th- September 15th there are a few exceptions. 

  • Cape Cod National Seashore: Leashed dogs are allowed year round on Cape Cod National Seashore beaches except as follows:
    During the summer, pets are not permitted on lifeguard-protected beaches. Passing through to unprotected areas of the beach is permitted. During shorebird nesting periods, pets are not permitted in posted locations. Passing through these areas is prohibited. Pets are not permitted on designated nature trails, certain bike trails, and fresh water ponds within Cape Cod National Seashore (beaches and water), May 15 through October 15.
  • Provincetown: Beach access on public beaches for dogs is from 6AM to 9 AM and 6PM to 9PM during the summer.

Walking Your Dog

The Cape offers many great places to explore on foot with your dog, here are some great spots to walk/hike that you and your dog will love.

  • The Cape Cod Rail Trail, running from Dennis to Wellfleet, is a paved hiking and biking trail and allows leashed dogs throughout the year.
  • The Cape Cod National Seashore allows dogs to be exercised on the West and Sunset Horse Trails in the Provincelands or on the Head of the Meadow Bike Trail in Truro.

Nickerson State Park in Brewster allows leashed dogs on its nature trails and permits them access to Flax and Cliff Ponds in the park.

For additional dog friendly activities on Cape Cod visit this link here.

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