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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
      Land Status: State Park
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      Region Status
      Open as of May 12, 2022
      Local Trail Association

      Stats

      Avg Trail Rating
      Trails (view details)
      77
      Trails Mountain Bike
      76
      Trails Hike
      77
      Trails Trail Running
      77
      Trails Snowshoe
      51
      Total Distance
      56 miles
      Total Descent Distance
      21 miles
      Total Descent
      3,385 ft
      Total Vertical
      116 ft
      Highest Trailhead
      137 ft
      Reports
      68
      Photos
      16
      Ridden Counter
      4,442

      Photos of Nickerson State Park Mountain Bike

      22 |
      May 30, 2022 @ 6:29pm
      May 30, 2022
      69 |
      Jul 18, 2021 @ 8:41am
      Jul 18, 2021
      trail: Pyro
      27 |
      Apr 5, 2021 @ 8:22am
      Apr 5, 2021
      trail: Pyro
      21 |
      Apr 5, 2021 @ 8:22am
      Apr 5, 2021
      99 |
      Mar 3, 2021 @ 10:48am
      Mar 3, 2021
      47 |
      Oct 1, 2020 @ 7:36am
      Oct 1, 2020
      trail: Unicorn Blood
      74 |
      Aug 4, 2020 @ 12:45pm
      Aug 4, 2020
      trail: Horse Trail
      82 |
      Aug 4, 2019 @ 11:11am
      Aug 4, 2019

      Videos of Nickerson State Park Mountain Bike

      Laps On The Race Course
      trail: The Race
      2:40 | 207 | May 6, 2014

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      user #2239318JimmyEggswishlistregionNickerson State Park
      Jun 30, 2022 @ 8:15pm
      1 day
      user #2184045spmcewenwishlistrouteTraining Loop - Nickerson Loop Adventure
      Jun 30, 2022 @ 1:08pm
      2 days
      user #2850805ChristopherYoDu7PriddentrailFire Tower Trail
      Jun 28, 2022 @ 7:34am
      Jun 28, 2022
      user #1922183RitwikaddkarmaNickerson State Park
      Jun 27, 2022 @ 12:39pm
      Jun 27, 2022
      user #1126854konradzik33wishlistrouteTraining Loop - Nickerson Loop Adventure
      Jun 22, 2022 @ 1:04pm
      Jun 22, 2022

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      user #1246137neilmpattersontrailUnicorn BloodFun connecting trail. Gotta build up speed for...
      Aug 4, 2020 @ 12:47pm
      Aug 4, 2020
      user #2030952CctexantrailCemetery TrailGreat ride. Watch out for the deer!
      May 8, 2020 @ 4:18pm
      May 8, 2020

      Nearby Areas

      namedistance
      Punkhorn Parklands 19 55.2 km
      Cape Cod National Sea Shore - Eastham8.4 km
      The Badlands 16 20 510.4 km
      Camp Greenough 14 3 112.1 km
      Dennis Pond Conservation Area 2 212.7 km

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      Activity Type Stats

      activitytypetrailsdistancedescentdescent distancetotal verticalratingglobal rankstate rankphotosreportsroutesridelogs
      Mountain Bike7656 miles3,386 ft21 miles115 ft
      #1,941#1,021126833,153
      Hike7756 miles3,386 ft21 miles115 ft
      #1,522#90616852
      Trail Running7756 miles3,386 ft21 miles115 ft
      #1,526#9056826
      Snowshoe5138 miles2,641 ft15 miles112 ft
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