Nickerson State Park

Nickerson State Park
Rte. 6A
Brewster, MA


Nickerson State Park is a 1900 acre park in the heart of the Cape.  It is close to the beautiful beaches of the Cape, and offers 420 campsites as well as miles of hiking and biking trails.  I usually hike here at least once per summer.   If you want to camp during July-August, you must make your reservations six months in advance -- yes, really!

From the Massachusetts State Parks and Recreation Dept. website

Travel the road to the upper campgrounds in Nickerson State Park and you may think for a moment that you have been magically transported to the Berkshire Hills or the piney woods of the Carolinas. Nowhere in sight are the sand dunes and salt marshes usually associated with Cape Cod. Instead, you are surrounded by woods that slope down to the banks of eight crystal clear fresh water ponds. Yet, if you walk or bicycle through the woods, you will find no rivers or streams feeding the ponds. These are “kettle ponds,” among more than 300 formed as glaciers retreated from the Cape over 10,000 years ago. Completely dependent on groundwater and precipitation, the water level in the ponds fluctuates from season to season and year to year.

Nickerson's 1900 acres offers more than 420 campsites, including yurt camping, an amphitheater, eight miles of roads, hiking trails, an eight mile bike path that connects to the 25 mile Cape Cod Rail Trail, and ponds stocked year-round with trout. Cape Cod Bay is within walking or bicycling distance. You can swim and canoe at Flax Pond; birdwatch or catch-and-release fish at Higgins Pond, or participate in the many seasonal interpretive and recreational programs offered by park staff.

Park Directions:
Nickerson State Park is located in southeastern Massachusetts on the mid-Cape, near Brewster.
From Boston: take Rte. 3 south to the Sagamore Bridge, then Rte. 6 to exit 12 in Orleans, turn left off the ramp onto Rte. 6A West towards Brewster. Continue for about 2 miles. Park Entrance is on left.

For more information on Nickerson Park from the Massachusetts State Parks and Recreation Dept., including a trail map, click here.   This link will lead you to the source of the text excerpt and photo above.  Animated footprints below are courtesy of

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