Nauset Beach South Limited Over-Sand Access Begins Saturday

ORLEANS – Limited over-sand vehicles access on the southern portion of Nauset Beach begins Saturday.

The town is implementing its Habitat Conservation Plan which provides some access despite nesting piping plovers.

Access on and off the beach will only be allowed between the windows of 8 to 10 a.m., noon to 2 p.m. and 4 to 6 p.m.

All vehicles are expected to be off the beach by 5:30 p.m. to get through the self-escort zones by 6 p.m.

Each vehicle will need to have a passenger older than 16 to walk in front of the vehicle in the escort zones.

Any visitors who fail to follow the procedures and conditions of the HCP will have their stickers revoked.

Vehicles will only be permitted if occupants have a signed copy of the HCP procedures, which can be obtained at the Town of Orleans website.

The only trail which will be open for over-sand vehicle parking is Trail 5.

Trails 1, 2 and 4 are closed due to a lack of profile. Trail 3 and all beach areas south of Traul 5 are closed due to the presence of unfledged shorebirds.

Visitors will also not be allowed to bring dogs on Nauset Beach South.

The town expects additional trails to be open soon and the “no dogs rule” to be lifted.

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