Cape Cod Rail Trail, Nickerson State Park, and Nauset Beach

Brewster, Massachusetts

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This trip includes a bit of everything. You pedal through classic mid-Cape terrain of woods and wetlands. You pass a pond and then enter Nickerson State Park; at almost 2,000 acres it is one of the largest open spaces on the Cape. (It’s even more impressive when you realize the state park is a former family estate!) Beyond Nickerson State Park, the rail trail soon enters Orleans, which features a fairly large “downtown,” where Routes 6A and 28 converge. By contrast, Orleans is also home to Nauset Beach, a spectacular, 7.0-mile sand barrier (the southern tip is part of Chatham) that is both a popular sun and fun destination and a semi-wild refuge drawing hikers, birders, and other nature lovers.

Cape Cod Rail Trail, Nickerson State Park, and Nauset Beach Professional Review and Guide

"This trip includes a bit of everything. You pedal through classic mid-Cape terrain of woods and wetlands. You pass a pond and then enter Nickerson State Park; at almost 2,000 acres it is one of the largest open spaces on the Cape. (It’s even more impressive when you realize the state park is a former family estate!) Beyond Nickerson State Park, the rail trail soon enters Orleans, which features a fairly large “downtown,” where Routes 6A and 28 converge.

By contrast, Orleans is also home to Nauset Beach, a spectacular, 7.0-mile sand barrier (the southern tip is part of Chatham) that is both a popular sun and fun destination and a semi-wild refuge drawing hikers, birders, and other nature lovers."

Activity Type: Road Biking
Nearby City: Brewster
Distance: 12
Trail Type: Shuttle
Skill Level: Moderate
Riding Time: 6 hours
Season: Best Spring through Fall
Driving Directions: Directions to Cape Cod Rail Trail, Nickerson State Park, and Nauset Beach

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May 2018