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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
      Primary Trail Type: Cross-Country
      Land Status: State Park
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      Region Details
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      Region Status
      Open as of Aug 15, 2023
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      Trails (view details)
      Trails Mountain Bike
      Trails Horse
      Trails Hike
      Trails Trail Running
      Trails Dirtbike/Moto
      Trails Observed Trials
      Trails ATV/ORV/OHV
      Trails Snowmobile
      Trails Snowshoe
      Trails Nordic Ski
      Total Distance
      47 miles
      Total Descent Distance
      17 miles
      Total Descent
      3,372 ft
      Total Vertical
      111 ft
      Highest Trailhead
      137 ft
      Ridden Counter

      Photos of Nickerson State Park Mountain Bike

      4 |
      Sep 28, 2023 @ 2:29pm
      Sep 28, 2023
      65 |
      Mar 26, 2023 @ 6:40pm
      Mar 26, 2023
      148 |
      May 30, 2022 @ 6:29pm
      May 30, 2022
      172 |
      Jul 18, 2021 @ 8:41am
      Jul 18, 2021
      trail: Pyro
      70 |
      Apr 5, 2021 @ 8:22am
      Apr 5, 2021
      trail: Pyro
      60 |
      Apr 5, 2021 @ 8:22am
      Apr 5, 2021
      206 |
      Mar 3, 2021 @ 10:48am
      Mar 3, 2021
      91 |
      Oct 1, 2020 @ 7:36am
      Oct 1, 2020

      Videos of Nickerson State Park Mountain Bike

      Laps On The Race Course
      trail: The Race
      2:40 | 243 | May 6, 2014

      Recent Trail Reports

      Activity Feed

      billblaserwishlistrouteEasy Vasqueezy Loop and 1 more
      Sep 30, 2023 @ 3:36pm
      2 days
      JohnyasBqTaddphoto in My City
      Sep 28, 2023 @ 2:29pm
      Sep 28, 2023
      smithmadisonmwishlistrouteNickerson Best
      Sep 3, 2023 @ 5:50am
      Sep 3, 2023
      pinebotwishlistrouteEasy Vasqueezy Loop
      Sep 3, 2023 @ 4:45am
      Sep 3, 2023
      markusewishlisttrailThe Training Loop
      Aug 31, 2023 @ 11:15am
      Aug 31, 2023

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      Activity Type Stats

      activitytypetrailsdistancedescentdescent distancetotal verticalratingglobal rankstate rankphotosreportsroutesridelogs
      Mountain Bike7747 miles3,373 ft17 miles112 ft
      Horse11,778 ft7 ft387 ft20 ft
      Hike7847 miles3,373 ft17 miles112 ft
      Trail Running7847 miles3,373 ft17 miles112 ft
      Dirtbike/Moto11,778 ft7 ft387 ft20 ft
      Observed Trials11,778 ft7 ft387 ft20 ft
      ATV/ORV/OHV11,778 ft7 ft387 ft20 ft
      Snowmobile11,778 ft7 ft387 ft20 ft
      Snowshoe4029 miles2,126 ft11 miles112 ft
      Nordic Ski11,778 ft7 ft387 ft20 ft
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