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      Nickerson State Park is located in the middle of Cape Cod just about where the peninsula begins to dog-leg north. Nickerson’s 1900 acres host about 400 campsites, and eight ponds. Oddly no streams or rivers feed these ponds and they are all interconnected by subterranean tunnels. I was snorkeling there once and could feel a very strong current trying to suck me into a cave. Weird!!

      But swimming under water is not why I go to Nickerson.

      There is an 8 mile paved bicycle path in Nickerson. This is great for kids and gives one a brief introduction to the park. The bike path also connects to the 22 mile long Cape Cod Rail Trail.
      But they aren't the big draw either. It's the singletrack. They abound in and around Nickerson. The DCR map only shows a few of them. But, Cape Cod NEMBA working with the Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce has come up with a complete one. The only riding restrictions are the shoreline trails that surround the three larger lakes. (See the map above.)

      Highlighting the trails are the many scenic views afforded of the park's lakes. But the most notable feature of them, to someone who normally rides off the Cape anyway, is the almost total lack of stones and rocks. The trails here define the word "buffed".

      On a recent ride we did over 12 miles of mostly singletrack and didn’t have enough time to explore the entire park.

      Speaking of trails. On the bottom of the Cape Cod NEMBA map you'll see a parking area at Freeman's field and below that some trails leading into the Training Loop. These trails, add about another 10 miles of mostly singletrack to the Nickerson system

      How can you find these trails for yourself? Well, the Map suggests quite a few. But the best way is to join some Cape Cod NEMBA folks for a guided ride. Go to CC NEMBA’s Facebook Page, and see when the next ride is. Or, ask for guided tour. You’ll find that CC NEMBA people are very friendly, and are riding at Nickerson 3-4 times a week.
      Orleans Cycle often leads rides here too. Check them out the next time that you're in town.

      Do you recall that old Cape Cod aphorism, "Once you get the sand of the Cape in your shoes, you'll never get rid of it". Well that couldn't be more true of the sands of Nickerson State Park.

      By Bill Boles
      source: NEMBA.org
      Primary Trail Type: Cross-Country
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      Open on Aug 4, 2019

      Stats

      Avg Trail Rating
      Global Ranking
      #4,577
      State Ranking
      #52
      Trails (view details)
      40
      Trails Mountain Bike
      40
      Trails Hike
      40
      Trails Trail Running
      40
      Total Distance
      22 miles
      Total Descent
      2,367 ft
      Total Vertical
      112 ft
      Highest Trailhead
      135 ft
      Reports
      25
      Photos
      4
      Ridden Counter
      739

      Photos of Nickerson State Park Mountain Bike

      trail: Horse Trail
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      Aug 4, 2019 @ 11:11am
      Aug 4, 2019
      trail: Horse Trail
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      Aug 4, 2019 @ 11:10am
      Aug 4, 2019
      trail: Horse Trail
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      Aug 4, 2019 @ 11:10am
      Aug 4, 2019
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      14 |
      Sep 9, 2018 @ 12:49pm
      Sep 9, 2018

      Videos of Nickerson State Park Mountain Bike

      Laps On The Race Course
      trail: The Race
      2:40 | 130 | May 6, 2014

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      user #1689792somniferousaddridelogAug 16, 2019 ride log
      Aug 16, 2019 @ 5:15pm
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      user #972381GuinesonaddridelogAug 15, 2019 ride log
      Aug 15, 2019 @ 10:14am
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      user #1308444WellendaddridelogAug 15, 2019 ride log
      Aug 15, 2019 @ 8:51am
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      user #1631361delaney5williamaddridelogAug 14, 2019 ride log
      Aug 14, 2019 @ 4:45pm
      Aug 14, 2019
      user #1235619chughsonaddridelogAug 14, 2019 ride log
      Aug 14, 2019 @ 12:30pm
      Aug 14, 2019

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      Camp Greenough 12 2 112 km
      Dennis Pond Conservation Area 2 112.7 km
      Higgins Crowell 5212.7 km
      Willow Street 5 5 113.7 km

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