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  Camping in the Wellfleet Sanctuary
Hiking on Cape Cod National Seashore

What to Bring

Tent   Sleeping bags
Sleeping pads   Stove
Flashlight   Insect repellent
Food   Cooking gear
Matches   Plastic bags for
Hiking shoes   Sunglasses
Sunscreen (in
  Hat (in summer)


From Boston, take route 95 South, then
Route 3 South
Continue on to route 6 after the Sagamore bridge
The Sanctuary is about 3 miles after the Salt Pond Visitor Center (main gateway to the
National Seashore)
Watch for Sanctuary sign on the left
Parking lot at end of the Sanctuary road
  Good to know in advance
Reservations by the week only from mid-
July to end of August; by the night the rest of the year

Check-in time: by 4:30 pm; check out time 12 noon

Restrooms and hot showers on
Sanctuary open year-round from 8 am to
sunset (8 pm in summer); you will be given a key for the gate against a $5 deposit
Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, P.O Box 236, South Wellfleet MA 02663, (508) 349-2615
No dogs
No biking or jogging
Stay on trails
Shell collection prohibited on the beach
Remove your trash

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Difficulty: 1/5
  Time from Boston: 2.5 hours
  Duration: Weekend

$35 per night

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The Wellfleet Campground is located in Mass Audubon’s Wellfleet Wildlife Sanctuary managed. With only two dozens of sites it is one of the most quiet and exclusive campgrounds you could find in New England.

The catch is that you must have been a Massachusetts Audubon Society member for at least a year to get camping privileges. If you are not, take a membership ($40 per year for a family) now and start planning for next year; in the meantime, the membership will give you complimentary access to many wildlife areas across the state.

Set in a pine forest, the campground offers some of the largest sites you may find in New England, especially in the North and South areas; you are unlikely to hear your neighbors at any time; in any case, most campers here are quiet nature lovers who primarily come to Wellfleet to enjoy nature. Facilities are first-rate and very clean.

Despite its attractive location the campground is relatively easy to book, especially on Friday nights, even in summer; if you have the flexibility to leave early on a Friday, you are certain to find a spot (we found nearly half the sites open a Friday night in mid-July). Saturdays are naturally more busy but planning a few weeks in advance should still land you a spot. One constraint is that check-in is by 4:30 pm, which forces you to leave early from Boston; the Audubon staff can wait for you but will charge $25 an hour to do so.

Please note that bookings are for full weeks only from July 19 to end of August; you can book individual nights the rest of the year.

Spending the night here gives you instant access to miles of trails in the Wellfleet sanctuary; check out our related destination A day in the Wellfleet Sanctuary for a day hike across the saltwater wetlands. The sanctuary is a great destination for hiking, bird-watching and relaxing, and you can easily spend a full weekend there.
The sanctuary itself is also open daily to non-members for a fee ($5 per adult, $3 children and seniors).

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