Nickerson State Park
Cape Cod MA
Nickerson State Park is located in southeastern Massachusetts mid-Cape Cod, near Brewster.
One reason, we wanted to come back from Provincetown via route 6a, was because we wanted to get a peek at Nickerson State Park.
It was easy to find, they have nicely placed signs. We turned in and viewed the grounds, and was pleasantly surprised at how nice it was.
They have a visitor center, outdoor amphitheater, campstore, a huge lake with a beach, fisherman's area, biking and hiking trails throughout the forest.
They are also reconstructing a Cape Cod Rail Trail. Not sure what that means but here's a sign.
We followed the long winding road to see all we could see and take pictures. It was so nice though, we decided to stop and see if any spots were available and how much it costs for a tent site. Here's some of the rules
As it turns out we were in luck, they just a few tent spots left. We took the one in Area 4 which was one mile from the entrance versus one in Area 6 that was 3 miles from the entrance. We paid for tent site # 19 and we sure did like it. The cost was $15 for residents, and $17 for non residents.
The area was spacious and we were close to the restrooms. We enjoyed ourselves so much with all the quiet and forest that we decided to spend another night. We went to the registration building and asked if we could stay two more nights. They said our site was available for 4 nights so we took all four. However, we found out that the only reason the campsite was available was because someone canceled their 5 day reservation. Below is a picture of a cabin in Nickerson State Park Campground.
When we returned to the campground after watching the fireworks from First Encounter Beach, we noticed Nickerson had a sign out that said, "Campground Full." So we lucked out being able to stay here.
The beach at Nickerson State Park is small and located on Flax Pond. There are no lifeguards here and we didn't see any lifeguard stands, no snack bar, but they did have restrooms.
See the Roland C. Nickerson State Park Campground brochure they gave us. Campground brochure
State Park Camping
Rte. 6A, Brewster
(from their brochure)
Nickerson's 1900 acres offers more than 420 campsites. If you travel the road to the upper campgrounds in Nickerson State Park you will find 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.
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.
Driving Directions to Nickerson
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.
- Another sign we saw on highway 6... Highway
- The entrance to Paines Campground... entrance
- The registration Office... registration office
- Their whole driveway was crushed shells instead of rock... crushed shell driveway
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