Nickerson State Park - Camping

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With over 1,900 acres of land, more than 400 campsites, including cabins and yurts, 8 miles of trails to explore, and 8 crystal clear kettle ponds, Nickerson State Park is an absolute gem in the heart of Cape Cod.

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Gretchen Stern


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Destination Distance From Downtown

66.3 miles


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Spring, Summer, and Fall

Summer is prime time, which means lovely weather but heaps of traffic. Visiting in late summer/early fall affords - barring an onset of hurricane season - warm, sunny days and slimmer crowds.

Dog Friendly

On Leash Only

Dogs must be on leash and supervised at all times.

Fees Permits


$27.00 Out-of-state resident per night fee $22.00 MA resident per night fee Check the website for more information on cabins and yurts.

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Nickerson State Park



In an area of immense popularity only an hour from Boston, Nickerson State Park is an absolute gem. The pine and oak forest has over 400 campsites and the 1,900 acres of gorgeous Cape Cod land,  including eight clear kettle ponds. Enjoy the Cape in its rawness. Escape the crowds in the picturesque towns nearby and step into a calming oasis for campers and their families .

What Makes It Great

Some may argue that visiting Cape Cod is a quintessential Massachusetts experience. Summertime on the Cape means idling the day away on the shore, biking to the local scoop shop for delicious homemade ice cream, watching seals eagerly beg for fish, strolling through quaint local shops, and gorging yourself on decadent seafood. Though there are plenty of pricey but adorable houses available to rent or exorbitantly-priced hotel rooms close to the crowds, there are other options for those who want to experience a simpler side of the Cape.

Nickerson State Park is an oasis of quiet woods and gorgeous lakes in the heart of Cape Cod. Just minutes from the towns of Brewster and Orleans, Nickerson is not only convenient and affordable but also teeming with recreational opportunities. Explore the trails on foot or two wheels, hop on the Cape Cod Rail Trail for 22 miles of cross-Cape cycling, or swim in one of the eight lakes. Visitors need not even leave the campground. But if and when you choose to do so, you'll find beaches aplenty, both on the bay side and ocean side, picturesque towns with countless food and shopping options, and plenty else to please any member of the family. 

Who is Going to Love It

Families, couples, solo campers, kayakers, fishermen, cyclists, sunbathers, anyone who wants to take advantage of the variety the Cape offers but would prefer the quiet of a campsite, a fire and s'mores at the end of the day, and a lake to dip into footsteps from your own private site. 

Bring a kayak, bring a bicycle, bring a paddleboard, bring running shoes, a bathing suit, a good book, and a tent. Nickerson offers all of the above in an idyllic summer destination.

Many sites are just steps from the lakes, most have a private and sometimes wooded feel, and the options for how to enjoy such an inviting destination are endless.

Directions, Parking, & Regulations

Visit the website for more information and to make reservations. Be sure to make reservations in advance. 

Dogs are allowed but must be on leashes and supervised at all times.

Some sites are far from bathrooms, water, and the entrance. For any questions on locations of sites and amenities available, call the campground directly at (508) 896-3491

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Nickerson State Park - Camping

3488 Main Street
Brewster, MA, 02631
41.775117, -70.03097

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