National Park Service

Northeast Coastal and Barrier Network (NCBN)

Northeast Coastal and Barrier Network Parks

Scientists examining benthic invertebrates at Cape Cod National Seashore
Scientists examining benthic invertebrates at Cape Cod NS

NCBN parks are similar in their extensive coastlines that interface with uplands which grade into coastal rivers, estuaries, and open ocean, and by shifting sand ecosystems that comprise beaches, dunes, barrier islands, and coastal marshes.

Together, these eight parks contain approximately 59,220 hectares (146,300 acres) of park lands, representing some of the most ecologically similar collections of lands within the National Park Service. They consist of critical coastal habitat for many rare and endangered species, as well as migratory corridors for birds, sea turtles, and marine mammals. They also protect vital coastal wetlands, essential to water quality, fisheries, and the biological diversity of coastal, near shore, and terrestrial environments.


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Northeast Coastal and Barrier Network Park Map


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