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A tree in front of Cliff Pond at Nickerson State Park

Located just a 90 minute drive from both Boston and Providence, Nickerson State Park is a beautiful recreational area in which to relax.

Covering over 1,900 acres, it features several miles of trails and ponds and offers visitors the chance to engage in a range of activities including hiking, fishing, boating, and swimming.

As well as offering these recreational activities, this Massachusetts state park is also a popular destination for camping and outdoor enthusiasts. With several cabin and yurt rentals, as well as tent and RV camping sites available to those who want to stay overnight.

Whether you’re looking to relax in nature, enjoy a scenic hike, or try your hand at fishing, Nickerson State Park is a great destination to consider for a short getaway or annual vacation.

Activities

Guests at the park can engage in several outdoor recreational activities during their time at Nickerson State Park.

Here is a brief rundown of some of the different things you can see and do during your time there.

Boating at Nickerson State Park

Boating is a popular activity at Nickerson State Park.

The park has several ponds that are suitable for this pastime including Flax Pond, Cliff Pond, and Little Cliff Pond. There are also several boat launches that can easily get you onto the water.

Visitors can bring their own boats or rent them at the park. Please note, there are restrictions on the type of boats that are allowed on the ponds. These include a maximum boat size of 16 feet.

Unfortunately personal watercraft and jet skis are not allowed on the pond. So you will have to leave your kayaks and canoes at home.

aerial photograph of Nickerson State Park

Swimming at Nickerson State Park

Throughout the park, you will find several beaches including Flax Pond Beach and Cliff Pond Beach, that offer visitors opportunities for swimming and sunbathing.

You should be aware that lifeguards are not on duty, so if you do enter the water you will be doing it at your own risk.

All park visitors are encouraged to follow posted rules and guidelines to ensure their safety, such as staying within designated swimming areas and avoiding areas with underwater hazards.

Fishing at Nickerson State Park

Anglers from all over Massachusetts come to the park for its terrific fishing opportunities.

The park has several ponds, including Flax Pond, Cliff Pond, and Little Cliff Pond, that offer opportunities for fishing. These ponds are stocked with various species of fish, including rainbow trout, bass, and perch.

A Massachusetts fishing license is required for visitors 16 years of age and older. Visitors should be aware of the park’s fishing regulations, such as catch and release policies.

Hiking at Nickerson State Park

The park has several miles of trails, offering visitors opportunities for scenic walks, nature observation, and exploring the park’s natural beauty.

These trails vary in difficulty, from easy walks to strenuous hikes, making them suitable for a range of skill and fitness levels.

Some popular trails include the Red Trail, which involves a scenic loop through the park’s woodlands, and the Cliff Pond Trail, which presents views of the park’s largest pond.

Visitors should be aware of trail conditions, including seasonal closures, and should follow all posted rules and guidelines to ensure their safety.

To help you navigate it, a map of the park’s trails is available at the park office. When you are out on the trails, it is important to wear a hat and a good pair of hiking boots. Also slap on plenty of sunscreen and mosquito spray and take lots of water with you.

pine forest at Nickerson State Park

Picnicking at Nickerson State Park

Picnic areas are dotted about several different sections of the park, including Flax Pond Beach and Cliff Pond Beach.
All of them offer guests the chance to enjoy the park’s natural beauty whilst dining al fresco.

Most have tables, grills, and restrooms, making them a great place for families to enjoy a meal or for groups to hold a gathering. Visitors should be mindful that the consumption of alcohol is strictly not permitted anywhere within the confines of the park.

Birding at Nickerson State Park

Nickerson State Park is a terrific destination for birdwatching.

The park’s diverse habitats, including woodlands, marshes, and ponds, attract a variety of bird species. Some of which include woodpeckers, warblers, waterfowl, and shorebirds.

Visitors should consider bringing their binoculars and a bird identification guide to help them identify the species they see. Additionally, they should be mindful of the park’s rules and regulations, including policies on wildlife disturbance, to ensure the birds’ well-being.

Pets

Nickerson State Park allows pets, but with certain restrictions.

Dogs are allowed in designated areas of the park, including campsites and picnic areas. However, they must be kept on a leash no longer than 6 feet at all times, and owners are responsible for cleaning up after them.

It is important to note that pets are not allowed in park buildings, on beaches, or in swimming areas.

For a full rundown of the park’s pet policy it is worth contacting the main office for detailed clarification.

boulder in cliff pond at Nickerson State Park

Camping

Camping at Nickerson State Park offers a variety of options for outdoor enthusiasts who want to stay overnight.

Rustic tent camping sites and RV camping sites are available. Many of which are full hookups with either 20-amp, 30-amp or 50-amp electricity, or have electric connections and water.

All campsites come with access to restrooms and showers. There are also a number picnic areas and fire pits for campers to use.

Park Location

Nickerson State Park
3488 Main St
Brewster, MA 02631
Phone: 508.896.3491

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Video

Here is a short YouTube video showcasing several attractions at Nickerson State Park: