Cape Cod Camping: State Parks

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As the weather on Cape Cod gets warmer and the days get longer, some of the more rustic folks like to the “rough it” for a day or two and go camping.

Cape Cod camping is extremely popular simply because the state parks are second to none.

From beautiful scenery to their fully-functional facilities, Cape Cod state parks offer vacationers a different view of the region. Some are even open year-round!

“Roughing It” On Cape Cod

Scusset Beach State Reservation and Shawme-Crowell State Forest are located on the Upper Cape near the Cape Cod Canal and offer year-round camping. They are close to beaches, have extensive trails and fantastic fishing spots. Scusset is smaller and has water and electric hook-ups. Shawme-Crowell is larger but has no hook-ups. It also has several yurts (round, semi-permanent tents) available for camping. The nightly rates at these locations are generally a bit less than at private campgrounds.

Nickerson State Park in East Brewster is the largest and most popular of Cape Cod’s state parks. It is made up of over 1,900 acres of woodland which used to belong to Roland Nickerson, the late 19th century multimillionaire who lived in the mansion that is now the Ocean Edge Resort and Club. There are 420 large camping sites at Nickerson, but none have electric or RV hookups. There are toilets and showers as well as fireplaces, picnic tables and a dumping station. The park also has several yurt campsites.

Nickerson is more wooded than Cape Cod’s other state camping sites. These woods contain several glacial “kettle ponds” to explore. You can boat, swim and fish in the park’s ponds. The Cape Cod Rail Trail passes close by the Nickerson camping sites for those who enjoy biking. Cape Cod Bay is also within walking or biking distance.

Nickerson is open year-round and there are just as many winter activities as summer activities.

Book A Vacation!

Whether you like to camp… or the creature comforts of home, there is always a Cape Cod Hotel or campground waiting for you.

Wherever you choose to stay, you can’t go wrong with a Cape Cod vacation – anytime of year.

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