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 months.
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 lot.
South Cape Beach is located on the southern part of Cape Cod in southeastern Massachusetts.
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.