South Cape Beach
Great Oak Rd., Mashpee
South Cape Beach, located between Waquoit Bay
and Vineyard Sound, contains a wide variety of coastal environments,
including barrier beach and dunes, salt marsh, scrub oak/pitch pine
woodland and "kettle" ponds. A magnificent white sand beach stretches
for over a mile. Newly constructed over-the-dune boardwalks, a small
parking area and bathrooms make this a lovely place to spend a day
at the shore. Interpretive programs are offered during the summer
The Park is a component of the Waquoit Bay National
Estuarine Research Reserve, which is based in Falmouth and managed
by the DCR and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
For more information and a schedule of interpretive events visit
the Waquoit Bay NERR web page or call the
Reserve at 508 457-0495 for recorded information.
Things to know before you go…
Between Columbus Day and Patriots Day the state parking lot gates
are locked and parking can be found at the Mashpee Town Beach parking
South Cape Beach is located on the southern part of Cape Cod in
From the East/Mashpee Rotary:
From the Mashpee Rotary follow Great Neck Road (south) toward New
Seabury. Turn left at the main entrance, marked with a State Park
sign. Between Columbus Day and Patriots Day proceed to the Mashpee
Town Beach parking lot at the end of the entrance road. No sticker
is required in winter to park at the town lot.
From the West/Reserve Headquarters:
Proceed south (right out of the entrance to Reserve Headquarters)
1.3 miles to Red Brook Road (on the right across from Martin Road).
Turn right onto Red Brook Road and follow it to the end (2.2 miles).
Turn Right onto Great Neck Road and proceed 2.1 miles to the entrance
to South Cape Beach. The entrance is marked with a State Park sign.
Between Columbus Day and Patriots Day proceed to the Mashpee Town
Beach parking lot at the end of the entrance road. No sticker is
required in winter to park at the town lot.