Brewster -- Nickerson State Park Short Walks on Cape Cod
The walk around Cliff Pond is in all the guide books and in the web sites. We give you a nice little topographical map to help you circle the pond.
We didn't bother plotting waypoints. The idea is to keep the pond in
view and walk around either clockwise, or counterclockwise. You may
start from the end of Flax Pond Road in Nickerson State Park. We suggest
taking the inland trails, where you can find them, rather that walking the
beach. Slogging through soft sand can be very tiring. It is about a
three mile walk.
Nickerson Bike Loop
We were reminded the other day that the bike trail loop in Nickerson
State Park makes an excellent three mile walk at certain times of the
year, namely, late fall and early spring. And that's because the leaves
and pine needles make a soft and colorful footing. Nobody can ride
on the trail because they also make it too slippery for a bicycle.
Follow the ski markers from (001) to (014) and then continue on
the bike trail to (017).
Park opposite the Silas Road gate (001) on Nook Road, about 3 miles from
the main entrance to Nickerson State Park. Walk west briefly to the woods
road headed north (002), then north to the foot of Little Cliff Pond (003),
and around the west shore to (004).
Follow the shore of Cliff Pond to (007). Walk along the side of the hill east
of Grassy Nook Pond to Nook Road (008). Walk up the hill south to the
Ruth Pond bicycle trail. Walk that, or an adjacent woods road to (009), then
the bicycle trail to the shore of Ruth Pond (010).
Walk west to the gate to Silas Road (011), then loop around on Silas Road
past (012), (013), and (014) back to (001). Five miles.
Park at the end of Flax Pond Road in Nickerson State Park (001).
Walk east on the trail above Little Cliff Pond. Just after
the trail comes down to the beach, look for a foot path
leading east (002). Follow it to a trail intersection east of Higgins
Pond (003). Walk south on the woods road and continue as it
meanders west around the bottom of Eel Pond. Continue to a
woods road leading north (004); follow that briefly to another leading
west (005). Walk west, crossing a macadam drive to a camp site, and
continue to the ridge overlooking Little Cliff Pond (006). Walk south,
west, and north (007) around the pond to return to start (001). 3.2 miles.
To avoid confusion, we will call this walk, "Keeler Pond," instead of
Flax Pond, and avoid duplication with the Flax Pond walk in Dennis.
The walk is a combination of the the outbound and return legs of ourLong Walk in Nickerson Park. Print out the guide and sketch map
for that walk. The difference is that you will head west on Higgins
Pond Road to the end of Flax Pond Road, then continue around
the north shore of Cliff Pond.
Walk north up to the trail around Flax Pond, as indicated. If walking
around the west shore, walk up to the camping area where the pond
bends east. Then continue north to the beginning of Flax Pond Road,
cross it, and return to the main parking lot. Five miles.