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Nickerson State Park

Southeastern Region

Directions & description

Location: Brewster, Cape Cod

Length/Configuration: Aproximately 8 miles of trails. Out and back, loops. Design your own.

Terrain/Surface: Hilly, winding terrain. Combination woods road, dual and single track. Nickerson trails connect to the Cape Cod Rail Trail.

Technical Difficulty: Easy to Moderate.

Elevation Change: Mostly level riding.

Multi-Use Trails: Bicycling, mountain biking, hiking, horseback riding.

Caution: Shared use trails. Ride responsibly.




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Nickerson State Park Trail Map

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Nickerson State Park is located on Cape Cod in Brewster. Take Route 6 to exit 12, Route 6A West into Brewster. Continue for a few miles, Park entrance is on the left. There are two adjacent parking areas. The larger of the two has restrooms and features a picnic area which is ideal for families who are just planning a day trip.


General Description:

Nickerson State Park offers a totally different experience than what you would expect on Cape Cod. This 1,961 acre park encompasses almost all the ecosystems found on Cape Cod from oak and pine forest, freshwater marsh and tidal flats to cedar swamp and barrier beach. There are also eight crystal clear fresh water "kettle" ponds, formed as glaciers retreated from the Cape over 10,000 years ago.

There is a sandy beach at Flax Pond where you can swim or paddle. Facilities include a campground (yurts available) with showers, picnic area and restrooms. You can swim and canoe at Flax Pond (no lifeguard). Cape Cod Bay is a short distance from the park by foot or bicycle.



The Trails:

Approximately eight miles of dedicated bike trails consisting of woods road, double and singletrack trails travel over the hilly, twisting terrain. The trail network offers scenic riding through forests of white pine and spruce. The trails skirt around several beautiful, freshwater ponds. You will enounter some short steep climbs and trails that run along ridges. The forests' sand and pine needle trail surface can be tricky.

At the northern end of the park it is possible to access the renowned 25 mile Cape Cod Rail Trail. The park trails do not directly connect to the rail trail. It requires crossing the main park entrance and a highly-trafficked parking lot, however, the distance is about 100 yards more or less.


Suggested Bike rides:

Ober Trail: Designated Healthy Heart and mountain bike trail connects to the Deer Park Trail, the Cedar Trail and the Middle Trail providing all kinds of loops and figure eight mountain biking options.

Ruth Pond Trail: Shady, quiet trail with steep hills, narrow twisty and canterlevered sections. Gorgeous views of Ruth Pond.


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For More Information:

Nickerson State Park:
3488 Main Street, Rte 6A
Brewster, Massachussetts 02631

Phone: (508) 896-3491
Website: Nickerson State Park


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