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Nickerson State Park is a state-owned, public recreation area of more than located on Cape Cod in Brewster, Massachusetts. The state park's sandy soil and scrub pines surround many kettle ponds which are dependent on groundwater and precipitation. The largest of these are Cliff Pond (the largest at across), Flax Pond, Little Cliff Pond, and Higgins Pond. Ruth Pond, Keeler's Pond, Eel Pond and Triangle Pond provide additional water habitats.
The land comprising the state park was once part of the estate of Samuel Mayo Nickerson (1830-1914), an area native and Chicago liquor distiller who made a fortune as one of the founding officers of the First National Bank of Chicago. In 1890, Nickerson built Fieldstone Hall on land overlooking Cape Cod Bay, a mile west of the present-day park, to be the home of his son Roland C. Nickerson, Roland's wife Addie, and their three children, Roland Jr., Samuel, and Helen. Fieldstone Hall was lost to fire in 1906, and a larger mansion was built on the same site. That building subsequently became a seminary and is now a major feature of the upscale resort known as Ocean Edge.
Shortly after Fieldstone Hall burned down, Roland Nickerson died at age 51, his death at the time being ascribed to his heartache at the loss of his home and personal possessions. His son, Roland Jr., a naval lieutenant, died in the 1918 influenza epidemic. In 1934, Addie Nickerson donated that portion of the estate on the south side of Route 6a for use as a "state forest park." It became the Commonwealth's first state park and was named in honor of her late husband and late son. Nickerson State Park is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our , world travel planner Edition.
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Nickerson State Park is in the middle of the cape in the township of Brewster. It's beaches are on lakes not on the ocean. A nice place to visit off season if you wish to avoid crowds
Nickerson State Park is in the middle of the cape in the township of Brewster. It's beaches are on lakes not on the ocean. A nice place to visit off season if you wish to avoid crowds more »
We always have a wonderful experience at this park. We are always found it to be clean. Well marked trails. Friendly co- campers. And excellent staff.
We always have a wonderful experience at this park. We are always found it to be clean. Well marked trails. Friendly co- campers. And excellent staff. more »
We made last minute plans the day before when we say a yurt open up. The park is really nice and the yurts were perfect. They have power and water so you can charge up devices. We stayed pretty close to a bathroom facility that was super clean and had showers. Outside was a sink which made doing dishes super easy. We did not bring our bicycles which I feel like almost everyone did because the park is set up perfect for them! Unfortunately for us, there was an open fire ban as well as Cliff Pond closed because water quality issue. Still the park was amazing and close enough to spend a day at Crosby Beach not far.
A great camping spot! The best location. If you are able to book it, you'll have a great time there. Some of the guards are rude though: they told my friend that we can arrive before midnight, we can right before. The guard told us that the latest we can come is before 9.30pm and it's too late, he almost yelled at us but still let us in. Other than that, the park is awesome.
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