Southeast MA

Southeast MA

Nickerson State Park

3488 Main Street
Brewster  Massachusetts  02631
United States

508-896-3491

Easy

30%

Moderate

60%

Difficult

10%

Description

Nickerson State Park is located in the middle of Cape Cod just about where the peninsula begins to dog-leg north. Nickerson’s 1900 acres host about 400 campsites, and eight ponds. Oddly no streams or rivers feed these ponds and they are all interconnected by subterranean tunnels. I was snorkling there once and could feel a very strong current trying to suck me into a cave. Weird!!

But swimming under water is not why I go to Nickerson.

There is an 8 mile paved bicycle path in Nickerson. This is great for kids and gives one a brief introduction to the park. The bike path also connects to the 22 mile long Cape Cod Rail Trail.
But they aren't the big draw either. It's the Singletracks. They abound in and around Nickerson. The DCR map only shows a few of them. But, the Cape Cod NEMBA working with the Cape Cod Chamber of commerce has come up with a complete one. The only riding restrictions are the shoreline trails that surround the three larger lakes.  (See the map above.)

Highlighting the trails are the many scenic views afforded of the park's lakes. But the most notable feature of them, to someone who normally rides off the Cape anyway, is the almost total lack of stones and rocks. The trails here define the word "buffed".

On a recent ride we did over 12 miles of mostly singletrack and didn’t have enough time to explore the entire park.

How can you find these trails for yourself? Well, the Map suggests quite a few. But the best way is to join some Cape Cod NEMBA folks for a guided ride. Go to CC NEMBA’s Facebook Page, and see when the next ride is. Or, ask for guided tour. You’ll find that CC NEMBA people are very friendly, and are riding at Nickerson 3-4 times a week. 
Orleans Cycle often leads rides here too.  Check them out the next time that you're in town.

Do you recall that old Cape Cod aphorism, "Once you get the sand of the Cape in your sox, you'll never get rid of it". Well that couldn't be more true of the sands of Nickerson State Park.

By Bill Boles
 

Local Shops

Orleans Cycle

Sea Sports Cyclery

Bike Zone

Corner Cycle

Wheelhouse Bike

Sailworld Cape Cod

The Bike Den

SE MA NEMBA Kid's PMC Mountain Bike Ride

Event Date

6/11/17 (All day)

The PMC South Shore Kids Ride, for ages 3-18, is on Sunday, June 11 at DCR Wompatuck State Park. Approximately 400 children, ages 3 to 18, are expected to ride one of 5 different routes based on various biking abilities, including a parking lot with obstacles and inflatable tunnel for tykes, 1-mile and 4-mile loops on paved routes, and 3-mile and 6-mile mountain bike routes led by volunteers from the Southeast Mass Chapter of NEMBA.   

Volunteers are needed to make the ride safe and enjoyable for everyone at this major event, which raises funds for the life-saving research and treatment at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.  Assistance is needed for registration, helping to manage route safety, facilitating the festivities prior to and after the ride, and more.  In addition, students can offer much-needed help while fulfilling requirements for community service.

The PMC South Shore Kids Ride starts at 9:00 a.m., check-in opens at 7:30 a.m., and opening ceremonies are at 8:30 a.m.  Registration for riders is $15.00 by June 9 --$30.00 after--and there is a fundraising minimum of $25. One hundred per cent of donations go to the Jimmy Fund at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

To sign up to volunteer/and or ride visit kids.pmc.org/Hingham.  For more information, email pmchingham@comcast.net Read more about SE MA NEMBA Kid's PMC Mountain Bike Ride

Chapter

State

Massachusetts

Ride Style

XC

Ride Leader Name

Bill Boles

SE MA NEMBA Blue Hills Bridge Build

Date

6/4/17 (All day)

Attn Mountain Bikers, Hikers, Trail Builders & Volunteers - we are looking for volunteers to help with a Bridge Build Project at Blue Hills on Sunday Morning June 4. The work being done will replace an 96' bridge that used to exist on a trail adjacent to Chickatawbut Rd.
 
Details below - please read carefully!
 
Date:  June 4, 2017 SUNDAY

When:  Sign-in opens at 8:30AM.  Work starts 9:00AM. We will work from 9AM to 1:00PM or when complete Some work will start at 7:30AM - details below.

Where to Meet:  Houghton's Pond Parking Lot on Hillside St, Milton, MA. (Early start volunteers will start at the DCR Maintenance Facility off of Chickatawbut Rd)

What to Bring:  Snack, water, bug-repellant, work gloves, & wear pants and sturdy shoes (work boots). 

Work Description: We will be building a replacement 96' Bridge out of pressure treated lumber. The old bridge has been removed and we will start with a clear work area.  

We need helpers for the following work stations:

7:30 AM Early Start Group: (Note this may be something we coordinate for Saturday June 3 Afternoon, RSVP if you can help)

  1. Chop Saw Station. 3 people to help run a chop-saw station. This group will cut up bridge decking into 4' lengths to be staged into the worksite. 
  2. Bridge Footing Chop station. 2 people to help with chainsaw station cutting 6X6 PT into 5' lengths for bridge footings. 3 people (including 1 saw operator) 
9:00 AM Start Group
  1. Bridge Footing and Beam Transport to work site. 4-6 people to carry in bridge beams and set at worksite. It's a very short distance from Chickatawbut Rd.
  2. Bridge Build Site Build - 4-6 people (primarily skilled trail bridge builders) to install footings and construct beams for bridge. 
  3. Bridge Build Decking install - 3-4 people working with impact screw-guns installing decking across the span. 
Tools to bring: NEMBA will supply most of the tools for this project, but if you have a impact driver/drill (with star bit) please bring it along fully charged and with spare battery & charger. These will be utilized for screwing in decking.
 
We will supply protective eyewear and ear plugs for the volunteers at saw stations. Leather work gloves are highly recommended.
 

    We will bring a generator (with extra fuel) and power strip for work site power needs. (If anyone has a big generator we can use as backup, please send me a note)

    We will furnish a chop saw for cutting up the decking.
     
    NEMBA trailer will be at the work site with chain saw, saw horses, and any other trail work tools.
     
    Any questions, please feel free to reply to this email, or call me.
     
    Chris
    774-284-2650 mobile

    Location

    Blue Hills Reservation, Milton, MA

    Chapter

    Greater Boston SE Mass

    Trail

    Event Leader

    Chris Patrick
    mtbchris@gmail.com
    774-284-2650

    SE MA NEMBA Tuesday Novice Ride

    Event Date

    Repeats every week every Tuesday 20 times .
    5/16/17 (All day)
    SE MA NEMBA will be hosting an entry level ride Tuesday evenings at Wompatuck State Park. This ride is intended for newer rides. It will be a fun no-drop social ride that explores some of Wompatuck's most enjoyable trails

    The ride will last for 1.5 to 2 hours and there will be frequent stops.   

    Location

    Womaptuck State Park

    Chapter

    State

    Massachusetts

    Ride Level

    Beginner
    Novice
    Advanced-novice

    Ride Style

    XC

    Ride Leader Name

    Tim Friedmann

    SE MA NEMBA Ames Nowell SP Clip & Ride

    Date

    5/13/17 (All day)

    We will be having a fun clip & ride event at Ames Nowell State Park on Sunday May 13th starting at 9:30 from the park's ranger station.

    Bring trash bags, clippers and your bike.  This will be a great opportunity to see the park and learn the trails. 

    We will ride in groups and no one will be left behind.  Beginners welcome.

    We should be finished in about 2 hours and may re-convene at a local watering hole for lunch.

    Last minutye updates will be posted on this Facebook Page.

    Chapter

    SE Mass

    Trail

    Event Leader

    Malcolm Nielson
    malcride@yahoo.com

    SE MA NEMBA Buck Hill Sweep & Ride

    Date

    5/7/17 9:00am

    We will be shoring up the newly created Buck Hill Extension trail on this date. This may be the headquarters path bridge rebuild day as well. Waiting to hear back from DCR on details, but they want us to do it!
    Either way, we'll need plenty of us out there on that day.
     

    Location

    Blue Hills Reservation

    Chapter

    SE Mass

    Trail

    Event Leader

    Steve Cobble
    cobblestv@gmail.com

    SE Mass NEMBA Chapter Meeting

    Date

    7/23/18 6:30pm

    Join the SE Mass NEMBA chapter members Monday evening July 23rd which will be held at a location still to be determined.  (Check Back.)
     
    At 6:30 there will be a ride.  Food and meeting will commence at 8:00 and we'll be done at 9:00:
     
    Please bring trail updates so we can know where to concentrate our trail-care efforts.
     
    We will discuss our budget, State Park and event updates and the upcoming schedule of local rides.
     
    SE MA NEMBA will provide food but BYOB.  (You might think you know what BYOB* means, look below for a second definition)

    All are welcome.  Help us plan out this summer's of riding.

    You do not have to be a member of  SE MA NEMBA to attend.

    Late breaking news will be posted on the SE MA NEMBA Facebook page.

     

    *BYOB means - (Bring Your Own Bike)

      Read more about SE Mass NEMBA Chapter Meeting

    Chapter

    SE Mass

    Event Leader

    Steve Cobble
    cobblestv@gmail.com

    SE MA NEMBA Massasoit SF Bridge Build

    Date

    4/30/17 (All day)

    Finally!!!!

    On 4/30 SE MA NEMBA will be replacing the long bridge in Massasoit State Park.  This will involve removing the old bridge and replacing it with a new one. 

    Fortunately this project is located quite close to a paved road so the transporting of materials wiill be relatively easy.

    Bring gloves, sturdy shoes, boots or a pair of old sneakers that you don't mind getting dirty. A hammer would be good. All other tools will be provided.

    The more people the better. The more people the quicker the job will be done.

    Bug spray would be a good idea.   We should be done by Noon or 1:00 and SE MA NEMBA will provide food.

    Show up between 8:30 nd 9:00 to sign in. We'll meet in the main parking lot. Information will also be posted on this Facebook page

    LET'S GET THIS JOB DONE!!!!

     

    Chapter

    SE Mass

    Trail

    Event Leader

    Chris Patrick
    mtbchris@gmail.com

    SE MA NEMBA Clip & Ride

    Date

    4/22/17 (All day)

    Date: Saturday April 22nd - Earth Day! This is a yearly spring cleanup done in partnership with other user groups ( King Philip Trail Riders & Warner Trail Hiking Club ). This year our annual roadside cleanup will be combined with a "Clip & Ride " of the Bridle trail. Trash bags will be provided by DCR. Please bring work gloves and comfortable, sturdy footwear along with your bike, riding gear & water.
     
    Location: 45 Mill St., Foxboro, MA 02035. Dirt parking lot across the street from forest headquarters.
     
    Start Time: 9:00 AM - Should be completed by noon time. There will be plenty of time to ride both during and after the event.

    Chapter

    SE Mass

    Trail

    Event Leader

    Brad Childs
    bcmtb64@yahoo.com

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