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 400 campsites, including yurt camping, an amphitheater, eight miles of roads, hiking trails, an eight mile bike path that connects to the 22 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.
Dmitry P. on Cliff Pond Trail
Nice trail. Many sandy beaches along the trail, so small parts of the trail on the sand. From other side, you can swim in the middle of the trail.
We have hiked this trail for years, year round, all weather. It goes around the pond, some up and down, on a path that is not well maintained. Through some low brush. Comes upon some beaches, on the pond. In season many campers are using these also fisherman and boaters. Moderate trail for hikers. Beautiful scenery. Nice workout. Be aware this is a wood tick area, take precautions.
Great trail, flat, paved and easy. I rode this last year, the first half from Dennis to the state park (Brewster) is flat and easy, after the state park towards Wellefleet it tends to have inclines which makes it the challenge but it is still paved. I ended up doing this in 2 days, I could only handle 11 or so miles one way, so 22-23 round trip and then next day did the other half. I was suppose to do it this year with a group but my car was out of commission for a long time :( but it gives me a chance to go again :) Have fun, it's a really great trail!
Stayed down on rt 28 at a place called the Cove at Yarmouth ,Went to the start of the trail in Dennis , with a couple friends who rented bikes at the shop Barbra's conviently right at the trail head.They hadn't biked much so the nice comfortable bikes they had were great for them.We have done the part up to Brewster and from there out to the end in Wellfleet but this time decided to go to Chatham . The trail splits at a rotary out in Harwich followed toward chatham , great scenery of woods & water Swans etc. Comes out by a small airport then makes way to town on town roads with bike lanes . Went to center of town with shops and had lunch a great little sandwich shop just off main st. down by the big town parking lot with convienent rest rooms etc. Love how well marked everything is and you could do much more exploring once you got to Chatham Was a bit foggy so couldn't see as much as would like to have .We had to head back as about 11/2 hr good ride back .you could easily stay out there if you had dropped a car or such . The rail trail is such a treat for serious & not so riders like us we include it everyyear in our after Laborday trips to the Cape .
This is a paved trail. I have biked most of it. Hills are gentle so it is good for all. There are some nice water views and wooded areas. For as many miles as this trail has there are few road crossings. This means it is pretty safe for the kids. I accessed from the Sweetwater Forrest campground in Brewster. There are many other parking areas along the way. There is even a bicycle shop where you could get parts/repairs or even a new bike.