Nickerson State Park
The bike trail system at
Nickerson State Park in Brewster is extensive.
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.
Beauty to be treasured
While it is a busy
spot now in the summer, there are many places to be treasured by those
who seek them - quiet spruce stands, stately White Pines (on the Ober
Trail), an old cedar swamp, and peaceful and relaxing ponds.
park offers restroom facilities, picnic grounds, fresh-water swimming,
and camping (reservations at ReserveAmerica.com) The
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
quiet beauty of Cape Cod's woodlands.