Cliff Pond Path

Nickerson State Park, Massachusetts

Elevation Gain574ft
Trailhead Elevation27ft
Elevation Min/Max26/61ft
Elevation Start/End27/27ft

Cliff Pond Path

Cliff Pond Path is a hiking trail in Brewster, Massachusetts. It is within Nickerson State Park. It is 2.7 miles long and begins at 27 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 5.5 miles with a total elevation gain of 574 feet. The Slipway Parking is near the trailhead. Grassy Nook (elevation 20 feet) and the Youth Forestry Camps site can be seen along the trail. There are also waters and parking along the trail. This trail connects with the following: Little Cliff Pond Path.

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Best Bike Rides Cape Cod and the Islands (Falcon Guides)
Dr. Gregory Wright
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"This is a difficult mountain bike ride on unmarked trails through the oak and pine forests of Nickerson State Park. Exceeding lactate threshold, red- lining, or bonking (use your favorite term) should be no problem as you circle Cliff Pond on the single- track and fire road trails, riding through the nether regions of the park. Find a friend to ride with who knows the trails; you’ll have a good story to share after this ride. Then cool off in Cliff Pond after you’re done. Killer ride!"
Best Easy Day Hikes: Cape Cod (Falcon Guides)
Cheryl Johnson Huban and Pamela VanDrimlen
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"This hike follows the contours of the pond and is made slightly more challenging with climbs in and out of the woods. While sauntering under a canopy of trees, enjoy the cooling breezes and views of the glistening pond. If you so desire, bring your fishin"
Quiet Water Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island: AMC's Canoe and Kayak Guide, 3rd Edition (Appalachian Mountain Club Books)
Alex Wilson & John Hayes
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"Nickerson State Park— one of the largest state parks in Massachusetts, with more than 1,900 acres and 420 campsites draws in many hikers, bikers, and paddlers. If you avoid the peak summer season, you’ll find very pleasant paddling and about the best camping on the Cape. The park’s dozen or so shallow kettle ponds formed approximately 12,000 years ago when large chunks of buried ice melted as glaciers receded. Because significant streams do not feed most kettle ponds, their levels fluctuate seasonally. Three of these ponds— Cliff, Little Cliff, and Flax— provide the best paddling. Expect to see: woodland bird and flower species, recreation enthusiasts."

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Arrow Street Atlas: Cape Cod including Martha’s Vineyard & Nantucket, p. 30
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