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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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  • 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 »
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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.
  • 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.

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