Maps and Special Places
Getting Maps recommends a good set of paper
Special Bays and Marshes describes Pleasant
Bay andNauset Marsh.
Map of Outer Cape
shows many of the places highlighted in these pages.
The best street maps of the Cape are published by the Butterworth Company
of Cape Cod. The maps fold to 4 by 9 inches to fit in your pocket
or bicycle basket. One map covers Brewster, Harwich, Chatham,
Orleans and another covers Provincetown, Truro, Wellfleet,
Eastham. If you don't find them in stores, call the company
and order some at 508-790-1111.
Nice maps of the outer Cape and various bicyle trails are available at the National Seashore Visitor Centers.
Many real estate offices will give you maps. The booklets and brochures you can pick up at town information centers have good maps too.
Bays and Marshes
Bay extends from Orleans to Chatham and covers about 9000 acres.
The barrier beach that extends from Nauset to Chatham Harbor protects
Pleasant Bay. Many of the waters are only a shallow marsh at low
tide, and the tides follow their own schedule. The water is much
warmer than the Atlantic. Toward the break in the beach in Chatham
Harbor, the currents can be very strong. In the upper reaches of
Little Pleasant Bay are many narrow inlets, often referred to as
"rivers", and sheltered "ponds." The Orleans
and Chatham pages describe some ways to see and explore Pleasant
Nauset Marsh covers a large area between Orleans and Eastham.
Orleans Town Cove is at the inner reaches of the marsh to the south.
The National Seashore Salt Pond
Visitor Center is at the inner reaches further north in Eastham.
The marsh is protected by the northward extension of Orleans's Nauset
Beach and the southward extensionof Eastham's Coast Guard Beach.
Access to the Atlantic is only through one narrow channel between
the barrier beaches. The Orleans and Eastham pages describe some
ways to see and explore Nauset Marsh.
Map of Outer Cape