Cape Cod, MA

Nickerson State Park

Located in Brewster, Nickerson State Park has piney woods more reminiscent of North Carolina or the Berkshires. Woods slope down to eight “kettle” (glacial) ponds. There are 400 camp sites, eight miles of roads, hiking trails, and eight miles of bike trails. The park is also only a mile from the Bay side beaches. The Cape Cod Rail Trail also goes right through the park, near the entrance off Rt. 6A.

The bike trails in the park are great for running. They are mostly paved, and are quite hilly. The trails are mostly in the woods — there aren’t pond or beach views — and are a great shade option on a hot day. Pop down to one of the ponds for a swim! The trails listed as ‘hiking’ trails can be used for trail running. They might be quite narrow, and sandy.

We’ve attached a map of the trails. It’s also possible to run on the main park road, but it’s a bit monotonous. Note the trail system can be a bit confusing…leave breadcrumbs! There’s a large parking lot at the entrance of the park for day users, and the daily fee is $8.

Essentials
  • 8 miles of bike trails
  • Hilly!
  • Anywhere in park, or parking lot.
  • Parking lot near park entrance. Day fee