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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 Status
      Open as of 2 days
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      Trails Mountain Bike
      Trails Hike
      Trails Trail Running
      Trails Horse
      Trails Nordic Ski
      Total Distance
      31 miles
      Total Descent
      2,319 ft
      Total Vertical
      114 ft
      Highest Trailhead
      135 ft
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      Photos of Nickerson State Park Mountain Bike

      33 |
      Jul 18, 2021 @ 8:41am
      Jul 18, 2021
      trail: Pyro
      14 |
      Apr 5, 2021 @ 8:22am
      Apr 5, 2021
      trail: Pyro
      11 |
      Apr 5, 2021 @ 8:22am
      Apr 5, 2021
      71 |
      Mar 3, 2021 @ 10:48am
      Mar 3, 2021
      37 |
      Oct 1, 2020 @ 7:36am
      Oct 1, 2020
      trail: Unicorn Blood
      59 |
      Aug 4, 2020 @ 12:45pm
      Aug 4, 2020
      trail: Horse Trail
      74 |
      Aug 4, 2019 @ 11:11am
      Aug 4, 2019
      trail: Horse Trail
      92 |
      Aug 4, 2019 @ 11:10am
      Aug 4, 2019

      Videos of Nickerson State Park Mountain Bike

      Laps On The Race Course
      trail: The Race
      2:40 | 188 | May 6, 2014

      Recent Trail Reports

      Activity Feed

      user #2342322saltyseadogaddreportCemetery Trail New Begining. and 7 more
      Oct 19, 2021 @ 2:03pm
      2 days
      user #496108NEMBAbilladdtrailFreeman's Way
      Oct 15, 2021 @ 11:57am
      Oct 15, 2021
      user #1099890bruceriouxaddtrailDeer Path North Trail
      Oct 6, 2021 @ 8:08am
      Oct 6, 2021
      user #1099890bruceriouxupdatetrailOber Trail and 2 more
      Oct 6, 2021 @ 7:49am
      Oct 6, 2021
      user #1990688MscorsonwishlisttrailCemetery Trail
      Sep 30, 2021 @ 12:42pm
      Sep 30, 2021

      Recent Comments

      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

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      Activity Type Stats

      activitytypetrailsdistancedescentdescent distancetotal verticalratingglobal rankstate rankphotosreportsroutesridelogs
      Mountain Bike5831 miles2,320 ft12 miles115 ft
      Hike5831 miles2,320 ft12 miles115 ft
      Trail Running5831 miles2,320 ft12 miles115 ft
      Nordic Ski1
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