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Doane Rock, Eastham

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Doane Rock is a glacial erratic located in Eastham, Massachusetts on the grounds of the Cape Cod National Seashore. It is the largest exposed boulder on Cape Cod. It stands 18 feet (5.5 m) high and extends below the ground an estimated 12 feet (3.7 m).

This boulder is named after Deacon John Doane, one of Eastham's original settlers. It has also been called Enochs or Enos rock for the deacon's son, as well as Great Rock. The rock was left by the glaciers (Laurentide Ice Sheet; 18,000–12,000 years ago) between what is now the Salt Pond Visitors Center and Coast Guard Beach.

Doane Rock is located just off Doane Road about one mile past the Salt Pond Visitor Center on National Park Service land. Limited parking is available near the rock.
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Doane Rock reviews

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  • After a trip to nauset light beach, this was a great and uncrowded picnic area with bathrooms. (a building, NOT port-a-john) There were a couple benches spread out in shaded areas. The rock is steep....  more
    After a trip to nauset light beach, this was a great and uncrowded picnic area with bathrooms. (a building, NOT port-a-john) There were a couple benches spread out in shaded areas. The rock is steep....  more »
  • This area would serve as an excellent area to picnic while exploring the National Seashore. There was plenty of parking because it was not a very well traveled location. The rock itself was very... 
    This area would serve as an excellent area to picnic while exploring the National Seashore. There was plenty of parking because it was not a very well traveled location. The rock itself was very...  more »
  • If you enjoy history, and this is real history, then you should visit Doane Rock. It is a glacial erratic (a rock that has been eroded and then transported to a new area, it is what is left after a.....  more
    If you enjoy history, and this is real history, then you should visit Doane Rock. It is a glacial erratic (a rock that has been eroded and then transported to a new area, it is what is left after a.....  more »
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  • Best equipped picnic area i found in the cape! Restrooms were clean and stocked, the water was filtered (and tasted refreshing), there's several grills and picnic tables, a couple pavilions (incase it's raining a I experienced) and you can hit a trail or two to walk off your lunch.
  • Comfortable and usually pretty quiet. There are a few tables and covered areas that can be a great way to just sit and listen to the woods ( pretty deep set into wooded area which is a good noise buffer from the road traffic that is going back and forth to the beaches.
  • The largest glacial erratic boulder on Cape Cod. Doane Rock was left behind by glaciers at the end of the last Ice Age between 12,000 and 18,000 years ago. This giant boulder reaches 18 feet above the ground, and may go as far as 12 feet underground.
  • Being a Doane it is an honor and privilege to visit my beloved family rock. However, I am quite displeased with the lack of facilities & how dare you post signs that pets are not allowed. As this is my family’s land, I therefor permit ANY and ALL fur babies. Especially my son who is also a direct descendant (Indiana Doanes). Good day sir.
  • Nice and scenic, and a very good place to smoke. You can climb the rock, explore the trails, sit at the benches, befriend the rock, etc. There ARE public bathrooms but as is the case with most public bathrooms at scenic places oncape, they close during the off-season. Lots of places to pee discretely though, but you didn't hear it from me.

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