Nickerson State Park

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Nickerson State Park
Massachusetts State Park
Flax Pond, Nickerson State Park, Brewster MA.jpg
Flax Pond
Country United States
State Massachusetts
County Barnstable
Town Brewster
Location Route 6A, Brewster, Massachusetts, USA
 - elevation 85 ft (26 m) [1]
 - coordinates 41°45′40″N 70°2′0″W / 41.76111°N 70.03333°W / 41.76111; -70.03333Coordinates: 41°45′40″N 70°2′0″W / 41.76111°N 70.03333°W / 41.76111; -70.03333
Area 1,967 acres (796 ha) [2]
Established Unspecified
Management Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation
Location in Massachusetts
Website: Nickerson State Park

Nickerson State Park is a 1,900-acre (770 ha) state park located on Cape Cod near Brewster, Massachusetts. It was the first state park in Massachusetts, named after Roland Nickerson. Nickerson, born in Brewster, left the area and made a fortune in building the Topeka and Sante Fe Railroad, and when he returned to Brewster, built the sumptuous estate on the north side of Route 6a, formerly used as the LaSallette missionary, now owned by Ocean Edge. In 1934, Nickerson's wife donated the land on the south side of Route 6a for use as the state park. Nickerson's sandy soil and scrub pines surround many kettle ponds which are dependent on groundwater and precipitation. The largest of these are Cliff Pond (the largest at 0.7 miles (1.1 km) across), Flax Pond, Little Cliff Pond, and Higgins Pond. Ruth Pond, Keeler's Pond, Eel Pond and Triangle Pond provide additional water habitats.

Activities and amenities[edit]

  • Camping: The park offers more than 400 campsites including cabins and yurts.[3]
  • Trails: In addition to 8 miles (13 km) of roads, the state park has trails for hiking, cross-country skiing, horseback and mountain bike riding, and an 8-mile (13 km) set of bicycle trails that connect to the Cape Cod Rail Trail. The bicycle trails bring riders to white pine stands, spruce stands, a cedar swamp, pond views, and woodlands.[4]
  • Fishing: Cliff, Flax, Little Cliff, and Higgins ponds are stocked yearly with trout.[5]
  • Other facilities include a boat ramp, lakes for canoeing and swimming, showers, interpretive programs, and an amphitheater.
  • There are also wheelchair-accessible beaches, camping, fishing and picnicking facilities and restrooms.


  1. ^ "Nickerson State Forest Park". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. 
  2. ^ "2012 Acreage Listing" (PDF). Department of Conservation and Recreation. April 2012. Retrieved January 19, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Nickerson State Park". MassParks. Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs. Retrieved July 13, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Nickerson State Park". Cape Cod Bike Book. 
  5. ^ "Trout Stocked Waters - Southeast District". Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs. Retrieved July 13, 2013. 

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