Over Sand Vehicles

Over Sand Vehicles (O.S.V.)

O.S.V. Stickers are required year-round and trails are patrolled daily

Nauset Beach South Update - August 5, 2022

Nauset Beach South will likely continue with HCP at for at least one more week.  
Similar to the past 7 seasons, the Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP) allows Over-Sand Vehicles both access and egress during three specified access windows.
Over-Sand Vehicles (OSV) will only be allowed access/egress to Nauset Beach South during the following specified (3) access windows as follows:
 No OSV will be allowed on or off the beach outside of specified access windows.
 All OSV, with the exception of self-contained, are expected to be off the beach by 5:30pm. No egress through the self-escort zones will be allowed after 6pm.
 All OSV will be required to have a passenger over the age of 16 to walk in front of the vehicle in the specified self-escort zones. This is a mandatory requirement with a zero tolerance policy. Anyone that fails to follow the HCP Procedures and Conditions will be subject to sticker revocation.
 OSV will only be permitted on to the beach if they have in possession a signed copy of the HCP Procedures and Conditions. Please make sure you have read and understood the HCP Procedures and Conditions. A copy of the HCP Procedures and Conditions is available for print on the Town of Orleans website. Also make sure you have watched the HCP video on the Town of Orleans website.
Available beach for OSV parking:
Trail 1 is open.
Trail 2 is closed.
Trail 3 is open.
Trail 4 is open.
Trail 5 is open.
Trail 5.5 is open.

All trails South of 5.5 are closed.
At this time, trails 1 & 5.5 are most conducive for self-contained campers.
Any humans, dogs, or OSV in closed areas will be subject to sticker revocation. This is a zero tolerance policy.
Dog are allowed in open areas South of Trail 1 and must be on a leash maximum length of 30ft.

OSV south map Trail 1 open

2022 O.S.V. Stickers will go on sale for online/mail-in purchasing beginning April 11, 2022

2021 O.S.V. Stickers expire June 30, 2022
2022 O.S.V. Stickers expire June 30, 2023 

When applying for an O.S.V. sticker, you are required to acknowledge that the O.S.V. has the required equipment inside the vehicle while driving over-sand. O.S.V. are subject to a spot-check inspection by Rangers while on the beach. Failure to comply with the Town of Orleans O.S.V. operations, rules, & regulations will result in O.S.V. violations. After three (3) violations, your sticker will be revoked for one (1) year beginning on the date of your last citation.

You are required to read, print, and store the O.S.V. and H.C.P user guides in your O.S.V. at all times. These documents have important information you are required to know before registering an O.S.V. You may print these documents below. You are also required to watch the O.S.V. and H.C.P. instructional videos prior to applying for a sticker.

By applying for an O.S.V. sticker, you acknowledge that your sticker does not guarantee you access to the over-sand trails during closures due to threatened species, inclement weather, erosion, capacity, or any closure implemented by the Town of Orleans Natural Resources Manager and/or his/her designee. Your O.S.V. sticker does not grant you access to park in the beach parking lots. The amount of time the O.S.V. trail is closed to protect threatened species varies each season, and the anticipated open date will change each season. There is no way for staff to pre-determine when O.S.V. access will re-open each season. We encourage you to sign up for updates (below) to be notified of any progression in the H.C.P.  All O.S.V. Stickers are non-transferrable and non-refundable, so please read and review all the information below before applying.

2022 Stickers will go on sale online beginning April 11, 2022.