Nesting shorebirds Near access point to Cape Cod Beach

Officials said a beach access point on Snail Road in Provincetown has been closed after a pair of plovers began nesting there.

PROVINCETOWN, MA — It’s been a long time since a specific species of shorebirds nested at a Cape Cod beach access point, but they’ve returned.

Cape Cod National Seashore officials said a pair of plovers are nesting at the beach access on Snail Road in Provincetown.


In response, park officials closed beach access at the end of Snail Road to all pedestrian and pedestrian traffic.

“Visitors can walk the trail from Route 6, but must turn around when they reach the closure,” officials said.

However, there are alternatives to accessing the coast.

“Alternatively, consider visiting Herring Cove Beach, Race Point Beach or Head of the Meadow Beach. These beaches also offer dunes and ocean access,” officials said.

Snail Road is not an official park trail, but is used heavily during the summer season due to the popularity of the dune landscape, officials said.

Snail Road begins at Route 6 in Provincetown and runs through the dunes for about a mile until it reaches the beach.

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