From the Town of Orleans:
At 12 noon today, August 1, the Orleans Natural Resources Department will remove the H.C.P. Self-Escort Zone on Nauset Beach South Trail. Access to Nauset Beach South will no longer be limited to the specific H.C.P. windows. All vehicles be asked to leave the beach by 11:00 PM, unless they are actively fishing or self-contained. Parking at Trail 3 and Trail 5 will continue to be limited due to the recent weather patterns that once again reduced the beach profile. Additionally, limited parking will also be available at the Trail 1 entrance on Nauset Beach South. Trail 2, Trail 4, Trail 6 and all of Chatham will continue to be closed. All dogs on Nauset Beach South must be kept on a leash no longer than 30 feet at all times. If dogs are observed outside of the designated areas or off leash, then the permit holder will be subject to sticker revocation. This is a zero tolerance policy. If any violations regarding dogs are observed, then management will be forced to resort back to a temporary "no dogs policy" once again due to the presence of unfledged shorebirds in these closed areas.
Due to the limited available space for parking on the Nauset Beach South and Nauset Spit, we encourage beachgoers to park perpendicular to the water and arrange your seating on the oceanside of the vehicle.
We would really like to take this opportunity to thank all Nauset Beach Over-Sand Vehicle enthusiasts for your patience and support during this season's shorebird breeding season. It was a very successful season, and that in part is due to the overwhelming community support to balance recreational use with habitat conservation.