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Massachusetts State Parks

USA Parks
Cape Cod Region
Nickerson State Forest Park
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Campfire and Hotdogs ©
Roasting hot dogs over an open fire.
Rte. 6A
Brewster, Massachusetts   02631

Phone: 508-896-3491
Reservations: 508-896-3491
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 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'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.
 Hiking Trailyes
 Swimming Beachyes
 Bike Trailsyes
 Bridle Trailsyes
BoatingLaunch Rampsyes
Nearby Accommodations
BBs / Inns
An award winning Cape Cod bed and breakfast located in Harwich, Massachusetts. A tranquil hideaway, a short stroll from the sandy beaches of Nantucket Sound, this exquisite Cape Cod Inn is a refreshingly contemporary boutique inn housed within an 1850's sea captain's house.
7.7 miles from park*
BBs / Inns
a unique and beautiful bed breakfast inn voted One of New England's Best by Fodor's Listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Ideally located on mid Cape Cod in the historic Bass River Village of South Yarmouth Only 90 Minutes From Boston Or Providence
10.6 miles from park*
Carriage House Inn - Chatham, MA
BBs / Inns
Carriage House Inn, a romantic Cape Cod Bed and Breakfast Inn in Chatham, Massachusetts. The Carriage House Inn offers spacious grounds, beautifully appointed guestrooms and gracious hospitality. Start your morning with a hot cup of coffee or tea in your room. Relax beside your fireplace or in one of the rocking chairs outside with your morning newspaper delivered to your door. Then, come over to the dining room or the sunroom for a truly gourmet breakfast. However you decide to spend the rest of your day is up to you. The innkeepers will surely make your vacation experience a memorable one.
5.4 miles from park*

Nickerson State Forest Park is located near Centerville, Hyannis and Plymouth

Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
May 21 State Forest Park
I understand that this is the only State Forest Park in Massachusetts, and earned its unusual designation as a result of the contract between the original seller, who wanted it to be called that, and the state. So in our beautiful state, we have State forests, parks, reservations, and one forest park!
December 21 Park Ranger Dennis St. Aubian was Great!
Thanks from Ron & Jane Napier Tipton, Missouri 65081
September 16 live on cape can say love the woods
woods water quiet great
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Area Campgrounds
Bass River Trailer Park Inc
698 Willow Street Route 28
Bass River, MA
Shady Knoll
1709 Main Street Route 6A
Brewster, MA
Sweetwater Forest
676 Harwich Road
Brewster, MA
Grindell's Ocean View Park Inc
61 Old Wharf Road
Dennisport, MA
Old Chatham RV Resort
310 Old Chatham Road
South Dennis, MA
Paine's Campground
180 Old Kings Highway
South Wellfleet, MA
Maurice's Campground Inc
80 Route Six
Wellfleet, MA
Nearby Hotels

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.


Massachusetts State Parks