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
Things to know before you go…
Nickerson State Park is closed for camping between
mid-October 2004 through mid-April 2005, although day use activities
will still be available during the winter. Nearby Shawme-Crowell
State Forest will be open for winter camping.
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.
Group Day Use
Trailer / R.V.
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