NICKERSON STATE PARK TRAILS:
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Last Updated: July 12, 2011
Length: Nickerson SP Double Loop Trail; 6.6 miles.
Nook Road Trail south; About a mile one way.
Difficulty: Moderate. Paved trail with hills and curves. Some steep hills could be tough for kids on bikes.
To Start from Park Entrance; From Route 6 take exit 12 to Route 6A west. Travel about 2 miles to the park entrance on your left. Pull into the parking lot on your right. The trails start to the left of the Contact Station. Daily parking fee. If you continue along Route 6A take your first left where you'll find a second parking lot next to Barbs Bikes. Free parking. Head left along the Cape Cod Rail Trail and it will take you past a spur to Nickerson SP after 0.2 miles.
Nickerson State Park's 1900 acres offers camping, an amphitheater, hiking and bike trails. This wooded reprieve also includes eight crystal clear fresh water ponds which are not fed by rivers or streams. These are “kettle ponds,” completely dependent on groundwater and precipitation and formed as glaciers retreated from the Cape over 10,000 years ago. Nickerson State Park is directly accessed from the Cape Cod Rail Trail at mile 10.7. A parking lot is also located at the entrance. For more information visit; NICKERSON STATE PARK .
Starting from the Cape Cod Rail Trail; A map board, picnic tables and restrooms are located here. Travel left through the Nickerson SP parking lot to the Park Entrance road and Contact Station (maps available). To the right of the Contact Station on the opposite side of the road will be the trail entrance. Bike Trail sign. These paved trails are a bit narrow and in rough shape in spots. Hilly and full of curves like a roller coaster. Fun, but some of the hills are steep. Turn right along the trail.
Note: Left brings you out to Route 6A at the parks entrance.
The trail travels through a Pine and Scrub Oak forest. Cross back over the park road and you'll come to an intersection and map board. Turn right along the Ober Trail which travels along the parks outer perimeter. At 0.6 miles is a spur trail on your left up to an old cemetery. Come to the Middle Trail intersection at 1.2 miles. Continue straight along the isolated Ober Trail. Continue straight past the intersection with the Cedar Trail at 1.7 miles. Deer Park Trail intersection at 2 miles. Turn right and cross the park road where you'll begin a long descent before crossing the road again and coming to another intersection at 2.5 miles. Nook Road Trail heads left. Continue straight on the Ruth Pond Trail through some open fields before the trail splits. You may take either route as they merge back together and travel past Ruth Pond. After 3.8 miles you'll hit the Nook Road Trail.
Note; You can head right on the Nook Road Trail and follow it for almost another mile to the southern end of the park and then return back to here.
Heading left (north) follow the Nook Road Trail back towards the park entrance. Return to the Ruth Pond Trail intersection at 4.5 miles. Turn right, cross the road and begin a long ascent up the trail. You'll reach the next intersection at 5 miles after crossing the road once more. Turn right on Deer Park Trail. A spur over to the Park Store at 5.4 miles will enable you to replenish your supplies. After passing by the Cedar Trail & Middle Trail you'll pass by the Park Amphitheatre before coming to the Ober Trail intersection at 6.1 miles. Head right across the road and return to the Contact Station. If you continue straight on the trail it ends next to Route 6A at the park entrance. Total loop of 6.6 miles.
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