Nickerson State Park Bike Paths
The bike trail system at Nickerson State Park in Brewster is extensive. You could easily spend an entire day just bicycling on the bicycle paths found within Nickerson State Park. In all there are almost ten miles of trails at Nickerson. These bike trails tie in directly to the Cape Cod Rail Trail. At the Park, there is camping, swiming, picnicing, and some beautiful wooded areas that only hikers and bikers are able to enjoy.
The Park is named for Roland Nickerson, born in Brewster and enriched by the railroads in the West. Upon returning to Brewster, Nickerson built the sumptuous buildings now owned by Ocean Edge, as his "summer place", and kept the land across the road as his "park". In the 1930's his widow donated the land to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, creating a bit of "wildness forever" on Cape Cod.
While Nickerson State Park is a busy spot in the summer, there are many quiet places to be treasured by those who seek them - beautiful spruce stands, stately White Pines (on the Ober Trail), an old cedar swamp, and peaceful and relaxing ponds.
The park offers restroom facilities, picnic grounds, fresh-water swimming, and camping (reservations at ReserveAmerica.com) The Nickerson trails can provide some glimpses of real out-of-the-way nature that many tourists don't get to see.
Bicycling in the Park is difficult in some spots, and it is all at least moderate in difficulty as there are several steep hills and many smaller ones. Beginners, though, can choose a shorter route and still see the quiet beauty of Cape Cod's woodlands.