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.

Ran this trail as the first leg of Gut Check Duathlon yesterday.

hiking
5 months ago

We hiked the loop around the pond with our 4 and 1 year old kids. Relatively well marked, and lots off short off shoots that you can explore if you have time. Beautiful and quiet beaches along the way, with crystal clear water. Definitely bring your bathing suits, as you'll want to jump in.

hiking
5 months ago

Probably the best trail at Nickerson. The pond itself is beautiful and the clear water is reminiscent of a tropical ocean. There are many great spots to take in the view. The trail can be tight at times and the bushes could use a trim in spots. The trail shown on the map goes around the top of Grassy Knob but there is a very short side trail that goes over it, which I would recommend. It's the highest point in the area and has great views. For the most part the trail is empty, you may see a few kayakers on the water. You are also far from roads so this is a great hike for those who love being alone in nature.

hiking
6 months ago

Nice, quiet trail in the middle of Nickerson State Park in Brewster, MA. It is well-marked and has lots of great scenery throughout the nearly 3 miles of trail. Several opportunities to jump in the water for a private swim or to have a picnic lunch. Be prepared to walk in some sand, as many places on the trail require traversing a sandy beach. It's late August so we are well into prime growing season and in some places the trail was slightly overgrown, but generally it was extremely well-maintained. A quiet oasis in the middle of busy Cape Cod.

road biking
6 months ago

hiking
7 months ago

Fairly tedious with not much payoff. Saw some interesting birds and the surrounding forest is pretty but overall average. Very quiet, only saw a handful of people during the entire walk.

Beautiful views and wildlife . Lots of fish,birds,frogs and turtles. Easy hike but also very enjoyable. Our gps took us the dirt road route which states " not accessible to park" but it is , only attempt with 4x4. Large parking lot

At times lots of family traffic...perfectly safe for lonely rides /walks/ runs .

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Very enjoyable, nice view of pond all around and very pretty.

road biking
Friday, October 28, 2016

great for a long bike ride. At the beginning of the trail in Dennis you go by the back of some businesses but the majority of the way is beautiful. Well traveled all year long.

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Best trail on the Cape

hiking
Sunday, August 23, 2015

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.

hiking
Saturday, May 30, 2015

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.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

One of the best and easy bike trails I've done. Its scenic and paved. The road is wide enough for pedestrians and bikers to share the road without incident. Love this ride! :)

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Great loop of blue trail at little cliff pond leading to loop big cliff pond perimeter 4.9 miles. Beautiful views.

hiking
Saturday, March 08, 2014

Very good in the off season. Fewer people and more dog friendly.

mountain biking
Saturday, August 03, 2013

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!

road biking
Saturday, July 28, 2012

Fantastic bike ride for all ages & abilities. We rode on up to Wellfleet Beach, which was a bit more challenging, but fun. Capt'n Elmer's Lobster & Fish Market in Orleans serves an awesome lobster sandwich and is right on the trail.

road biking
Friday, September 30, 2011

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 .

mountain biking
Sunday, June 05, 2011

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.

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