Beautiful park. Beware, if you camp here in a motorhome or trailer and want to use a generator .. don't count on it being OK. In, NON quiet hours, if some or any campers complain, you have to shut off the generator or you will be kicked out - period. We were here in off season during the week and had a refrigerator failure on the gas side. To bad they said, buy some ice or go to the parking lot. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Many sites have a view (not access) of the "ponds", lovely forest lakes that make Nickerson one of the best state parks in Massachusetts. Easy day access to Cape Cod, but beware of weekend traffic. Site was spacious and clean. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Nickerson State Park, Orleans or Brewster, MA I have not camped at Nickerson in quite a few years. This is a big park half way down the Cape. There are over 400 sites in 7 sections and they all have their positive points and some negative. Section 1, 2, 3, and 5 are small sections and some sites have water view since there are at least 7 kettle ponds throughout the park. Showers though are in section 4 and sections 6. They have started to rebuild some of their restrooms but the old ones are pretty dingy. There are no utilities here. They do have an amphitheater/ bike rentals/ boat rentals/ nature center and a park store. It is in the woods and be aware that sections 6 and 7 are miles away from the entrance to the park. We have stayed in all the sections. Every area has a pond that you can walk to down a cliff to swim at. Section 1 the swimming area is an easy walk. During the fall not all the sections are open. Sites are not all level but big rigs can find spots especially near the end of the second loop in section 4. Roads driving in the loops are narrow. This campground has 8 miles of bike trails in the park and it connects at the entrance to the Cape Cod Rail Trail which has 25 more miles of bike trail. This trail goes through towns and passes the Cape Cod National Seashore. There are also ponds for boating, hiking, bird watching and picnicking. In the fall it is beautiful and it is the only state park in MA that you can make a 1 night reservation. Unless you have a big, big rig you would not have needed a reservation this fall but in the summer it is a must. Staying here you are near Orleans for shopping, restaurants and heading east the Cape Cod National seashore with more biking trails, visitor center and beautiful beaches (love Head of Meadows). Golden age pass can be used to get into the beaches run by the National Park Service but some beaches are run by the local towns and you must pay for parking but not before around June 21 and after Labor Day but check these dates because they change. One thing you should try if you like Reuben sandwiches the Cape Codder Reuben with a small pot of beans is excellent at Hearth and Kettle restaurant in Orleans (easy drive with plenty of big rig parking, Shaws Supermarket is there too as well as a drug store). The Reuben is made with fish – melts in your mouth! Make sure you check closing dates for any campgrounds in New England because most close at the end of Columbus Day weekend. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We had an excellent time at this park. The bike trails into town are great. Our site was relatively private although not very level. Brewster is a great town and Nickerson is a must see park while in Cape Cod. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We stayed in Area 4, site 61 in a 25' travel trailer. Sites are large and most are at least partially wooded. Those designated for RVs/Trailers are easy enough to get in/out of. There are no hook-ups of any type but communal water spigots and bathrooms are available and easily accessible. A dump station is available. Most restrooms are "toilets only" and only have cold water at the sinks. There are brand new shower houses available for hot showers and dish washing stations have been added to some of the restroom buildings. There is one of these shower houses for areas 1-5 and one for areas 6-7. They weren't overly crowded even though the park was 70% full throughout the week. Nickerson has undergone major renovations and areas 1-5 just reopened. Areas 6, 6x and 7 are scheduled to reopen in late July 2008. We walked through areas 6 and 6x and the sites are in rough shape and will need a lot of work to make that happen. As a part of their water/electric system upgrade they also paved all the roads within the camping areas. The parks is heavily used by families and there tends to be a lot of very young (under 6!) children out riding bikes and such on the roads so caution is urged. Despite that, the area is generally very quiet. Peak "noise time" is Friday afternoon/evening as new arrivals tend to pour in. The Kettle Ponds are clean and fairly well used by swimmers, boaters and those fishing. There are numerous trails to wander and paved bike paths throughout the park. Park staff has always been great here for us and we've never had any issues with any of them. They do deal with complaints quickly and directly. Ticks are an issue within the park (this shouldn't be unexpected!). We picked up 2 in the course of a week while walking trails around the ponds. Proper precautions are recommended. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Great campground. Very quiet even when at full capacity. Sites are level and clean. We stayed in Area 7 which had just re-opened. The sites are large and fairly spread out. The bathrooms are a little dated but had been given a fresh coat of paint. The showers were in Area 6 of the park for Area 7. I was a little surprised by this but we used the facilities in our camper. I cannot speak as to the facilities in the rest of the park. This is a great spot for bike riding. There is access just outside of the park to the Cape Cod bike trail. I give this park a 9 because of its location and the space itself. 1900 acres, we drove about 3 miles to our site. As we drove in we saw deer and racoons. We brought our dog, the check-in desk asked for proof of vaccination. My dog did get ticks, but we were in the woods. I'm not surprised. I believe that waterfront sites are walk-ins for tent use. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Nickerson State Park is in the middle of Cape Cod - a great place to stay for a couple of days to tour this area. There are showers but there are also 8 fresh water ponds for swimming. There is a swimming area within the park that you can drive to but from many of the camping loops a walk down a hill is needed to find your own private little area. There are seven loops with 420 campsites in a pine/oak forests. The first 4 areas are close to the entrance which is good because this park has over 1900 acres. We have stayed here many times and have camped in all the loops. They all have their pros and cons. There was a storm this past winter so they closed the park but will open up again late in May. Loop 7 will remain closed for the season. One of the greatest things about this park is that there are paved bike trails that go all over and then hook up at the entrance of the park to the Cape Cod Rail Trail. This trail has wonderful paved trails that go up and down the Cape. There are trails all over the Cape. There are even restaurants that have set up along the trail to offer food and water in some areas. The trails are safe for children of all ages. This park is hard to get into without reservations in the summer because of all the great Cape beaches near it and the National Seashore. There are ranger programs in the park in the summer and a newletter with all the National Seashore Activities, trails, hikes and talks can be picked up at the National Park visitor center which is close. Many families stay for at least a week and some for the max of 14 days. Others return every year for family vacations. Enjoy! We camped here in a Motorhome.
Friendly staff. NOT run by children. We felt right at home here. The sites were nicely groomed, the grounds were well kept and the facilities were clean. We will return. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
A private park, a lot of permanent sites, more like a trailer park than a campground. Site was not level. Bathrooms were locked. Laundry facility was clean and nice. Difficult entry and exit to this park off of busy Route 6A, use caution. Town is very recycle conscious and requires trash to be separated. Would not return here again. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
This a is a great campground in the middle of the cape. Facilities are newer and clean, staff is friendly, and would recommend this campground to others. The campground itself is a simple set up and not a resort type place, but a perfect spot to set up while you explore the area. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
What a terrific campground. We wanted something close to the rail trail for biking and this was perfect. The office staff was wonderful. The grounds were immaculate. We had a pull through site which worked well for us but some of the sites were quite tight. Very convenient to most of the cape. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This is an old campground with tight spaces that are not level and very little grass. Large trees make sites and roads very tight. Lots of units have been there for a long time as they are dirty and moldy. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
This is a great small campground in the heart of Cape Cod. The staff is very friendy, the facilities are spotless with two bath, shower, and laundry facilities. The sites are good sized under a nice pine ceiling. They have a small store with a arcade and TV area. Free rental movies for the kids and a basic playground area. Easy access to most of the cape. Quiet time is enforced and fires must be out by 11pm or they will be put out. I have camped here many times and have always been very happy. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Campground was heavily wooded and hilly. Staff was professional and friendly. Decently stocked camp store. Noticed campsites, which included ours, could have been better leveled and were in need of grading/gravel. Our site hookups were in good working order. Showers and bathrooms were clean, but shower and changing stalls were too small and needed to be upgraded. Wi-Fi & cell phone worked well. Campground could use a laundry. Too many seasonal sites but they seemed to be in good shape. This campground fits our needs for the area. Would probably return again. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Welcoming staff. Stayed in a 35 foot fifth wheel. Dirt/gravel sites that require some leveling. Sites vary, but ours was large, shaded, and private. Trees are well trimmed. Interior roads are dusty gravel. No laundry. Able to access WiFi from site, but hosts indicated that WiFi is only available at store or pavilion. Good TV reception. Play area for children and nice indoor pavilion. Quiet and dark. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Easy access from Route 6. This campground has narrow roadways for larger motorhomes. There is plenty to do in the area, easy access to bikeways and waterways for boating enjoyment. Shaded, large, and mostly level sites for RV's. I would stay here again. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Nice campground, bigger rigs may be tight. Staff very friendly and helpful. mini golf, basketball courts on site. Close to miles of bike trails. Bathrooms checked on a regular basis. Would definitely stay at again. Gray water drains at each site helpful. Lake for boats and fishing on grounds. Camp store reasonably priced. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Sweetwater Forest is set in a rustic Cape Cod environment and is very family friendly, with miniature golf, fishing, a basketball court and playground. While the sites are not extremely favorable for big rigs, a few of the sites can accommodate large motorhomes. I was very much impressed with the staff. I had a problem with my slide out, and the staff worked on the problem for two hours. When I tried to give them some money for their trouble, they refused to take it, saying that the problem occurred while I was staying there and they would take care of it before I left. I would highly recommend Sweetwater Forest for family camping. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We camped at this location early in the season. Not much activity at the campground for the time of year. Sites were clean and had very nice, natural fire pits. This is in a great location close to bike trails and most of the Cape activities. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
It was okay at best. Campsites were not well kept and that was the theme for entire campground. We stayed one day, then left to go to a campground about a mile or so down the road. We were glad that we relocated; we salvaged our vacation. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
We are avid campers and this was our second summer at Sweetwater Forest Campground. We stayed for an extended amount of time in the T-area full hook-ups (not to be confused with the Seasonal T's). Although the landscape of the site itself is "hilly" the sites themselves are very level. All of the sites have plenty of trees & shade around them to have privacy from the neighbors. They don't have lights throughout the campground so bring flashlight! If you are looking for a quiet, peaceful, sentimental, tranquil vacation, then this is the place for you. They've been around for 52 years. It's been owned by one family since their opening in the 50's. The store is always well stocked with the necessities plus parts you would normally have to go find at an RV store. I'd like to spend the next paragraph commmending the service. The "outside crew" works diligently and you don't ever see them standing around doing nothing. They are private and family run, so their staff isn't huge. They do a pretty darn good job considering. I've read other reviews on here about the bathrooms; they just rebuilt two of the stations so they will never clog. Also, for some reason I've noticed that when people go on vacation they tend not to care and leave the place a mess. Other than the mud if it rains, I don't understand why other campers can't be curteous to clean up after themselves instead of trashing the bathrooms. The office staff: Very Impressive. I have to single out a few people. I made my reservation last year with the tall guy (not allowed to use names) and he was very pleasant and easy going. He promised me that I would love the site and that I was going to have a wonderful vacation and that if I didn't he could tell the boss it was him. I liked the responsibility he showed and confidence. I was happy when I called this year and he took my reservation again. He was again pleasant and confident. He even remembered the name. When I got there, the guy with the chinstrap checked me in but the tall guy was also there. The guy with the chinstrap was also great. Very informative and sincere. The two of them together are ideal for customer service. They do a great job representing the business. When my husband and I went into the office for information, or the store for a snack, we always found ourselves in conversation. Although we didn't really get to know the rest of the staff, they seemed pleasant enough. I would highly recommend this campground to anyone who is looking for a great vacation. If you're looking to relax and take it easy, then this is it; and that's what vacation is all about anyway, right? We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
[ 8 / 10 ]
We camped at T-7. This is a very nice campground. We pulled into the site without a problem, hookups were very close together, within a couple of feet so all I need were standard 10' size water and sewer length. The good things. This is a very private area, lots of playgrounds is a plus for very active kids, evening hayrides with free popcorn. Great activity center with video games and satellite TV. Very, very close to the Cape Cod rail trail. The not so good things. Wish there was swimming on the grounds: no pool and no swimming in the pond. I think if they added a pool it would be perfect. Only 4 channels on cable TV, couldn't get anything on the antenna either. Would go back again when the kids are older and can go to the beach and bike. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Perfect location for exploring Cape Cod. Campsites are spacious and wooded offering some privacy. It has a pleasant atmosphere with friendly and helpful staff. We like the C section best, even though there is no sewer hookup in that area. Would stay again. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Wish I could give better than 7 as we really did like this place but the road are terrible for anything larger than a 25 footer. They had put us in a double site as our 34 footer wouldn't fit in any of the left over single sites they had (yes, we did have reservations). We were unable to connect to the hookups until they told us to go the wrong way on the roads so we could get the motorhome in with the hookups on the correct side. They had only a few Full hookup sites but the dump station was decent enough to make it OK just to have Grey water dump on site. Hookups were OK. Was raining when we got there so it was nothing but mud (nothing they can do about the weather). The fire wood for sale was terribly wet. You may think we didn't like this place by what I write but it is a very decent place if you want to be deep in the woods with peace and quite. We would stay here again, we just might need to be in a part of the park that is meant for a 34 footer or larger. Oh and no lights, best part of it, so bring a good flash light. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We wanted a campground that was in the center of the Cape but didn't want to be in a "sardine can" type resort park. After careful research that included reading reviews given on this website, we decided to give Sweetwater Forest a try. We had site T14 which was a narrow, pull thru site. It was adequate in that it was private. The closest neighbor was easily 50 to 75 feet away as the site is parallel to the camp road. This is a very large park and had a very nice tent area. The best thing about Sweetwater Forest for us was its central location to the Cape. Having never been there, we wanted to explore every inch and this parks location allowed us to divide the cape into three days with equal travel time each day. The electrical service was very dependable as we ran our A/C the whole time we were there and they did not charge a fee. We will stay here again when we visit the Cape again. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
I took of 1 star for the attitude of the girl in the office when I first called to make the reservation. She seemed to think her time was more important then mine. The roads were pretty bad. Nothing is paved. The place was too much of a dust bowl for my wife. There was pretty much no grass at all. Also, we had a tree that was rotted out, I guess because of termites. I was actually concerned it would fall on my trailer if the winds kicked up. We were there while they were talking about a possible hurricane. When I brought it the attention of the office they said that they knew about it but they were not concerned that it would fall on my trailer. If I wanted, I could leave (with no refund). Make sure you use a filter on the water supply. When I disconnected it I could actually see rust and debris. I suspect it is well water. They gave us a key because the gate closes at 10pm. We came back at least 4 nights after 10pm and it was never locked. On the positive side, sites were big and pretty heavily wooded, especially for that area of the Cape. Other campers that we spoke to were very nice. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
This was one of the nicest campsites we've stayed at. Sites are large, clean and well spaced. The sites are mostly shaded and the campsite in general is very quite. Everything else has already been mentioned by the other reviewers. Will definitely stay here again. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
This campground is one of our favorite. We were at site T-5. Water, electric, sewer, and cable. Loved the stone fire rings and the decorative fencing. Really gives it a feeling of old Cape Cod. The wooded sites and the paths were great to explore. We enjoyed fishing at the lake and sitting at the beach watching the swans. Great place to see many species of birds is around the old retired cranberry bog. Staff was very friendly and helpful. For those who want to experience the real Cape Cod, this is a really good central location. We cannot wait to stay at Sweetwater Forest again! We camped here in a Motorhome.
This is an old family run campground since 1958. It is located just off Rt 124 in Brewster. The campsites a large, level wooded sites that have nice separation and growth between them. Each has a table and fire ring and in the "C" area where I stayed we had Electric, Water, Cable TV and a dry well for gray water. It was opening weekend so we had the place to ourselves. Good location mid Cape. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This campground was a perfect home base that allowed us to explore Cape Cod. We were an hour to Falmouth--to get over to Martha's Vineyard--and an hour to Provincetown. Centrally located, the campground enables us to see much of the Cape. The bathrooms were clean, although in need of some updating, especially in the showers. We did see staff close the bathrooms to clean them as well. Six playgrounds throughout allowed each area to have a place for kids to play. There was mini-golf that seemed to be well-maintained. The store was well-stocked. Staff was plenty friendly from reservation to checking in to checking out. There is a section for seasonals which seemed to be well-maintained. It would be great if the campground could find a way to sell discounted town beach tickets, because at 15 dollars per day, it could add up quickly. One thing to note is that the bike path does not lead right to the rail trail. We had to ride on 124 for a bit--a little scary with two younger children. I would definitely stay again. We camped here in a Tent Trailer.
Excellent service, especially considering it was the 4th of July weekend when we pulled in. The staff was helpful and always available. The camp store on site was well-stocked and had some items that I would normally have had to travel to a RV dealership to buy. The bathrooms were clean (I saw the same one cleaned twice in two days) with plenty of hot water. The garbage bins were full, but it was expected since the entire campground was full as well (if someone left, someone else was pulling in to take their place). Sites looked level (at least many other sites looked more level than my own) and I only noticed that mine wasn't due to my failure to properly level my rig. Other things to consider: Campground is only 10-15 minutes from the beach. Numerous restaurants are nearby. For those with kids a movie theater is within 15 minutes for those inevitable rainy days. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We stayed here Memorial Day weekend. I think we got the last available site last minute! It was a nice campground. Lots of seasonals and lots of really cool looking tent sites. This was our second trip in our new trailer and we had a good time. They have a nice pond for fishing and paddling. We played mini golf on site and went for a hayride after an icecream social. All in all a good time. The bathrooms weeren't immaculate, but were clean enough I guess. It's in a good location on the Cape, close to the bike trail and other stuff to do. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Nice park amongst the trees, with plenty of shade, close to bike path. Sites are nicely spaced and fit a variety of camping needs. Nice store with mini-golf on premises. Place needs some updating of its physical structures, however restrooms were in good shape where we were. We camped here in a Truck Camper.
While the park is clean and attractive, I'm giving it the low rating that I am because, in my opinion, it is not at all big rig friendly. I think that calling it big rig hostile is an understatement. The first site we were assigned was almost impossible to get to in a 40 MH, and when we got there it was impossible for me to back into because of trees. The next site was accessible, but not the 50 amp full hookup we reserved. If we can't find something else close, and if family stays in the area we would probably come back, but with great reservations. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This is a beautiful campground, with spacious sites on hilly terrain. That said, all the sites I saw were quite level. The arrangement of sites affords privacy to all campers. The office staff was friendly and answered all questions with thorough information. There is a $1 per night charge for each dog. On the slightly less than perfect side, the staff outside the office was virtually invisible. We checked in Saturday, and by Sunday the dumpster was overflowing. The restrooms, although clean enough to use, were apparently only cleaned once per day. By Sunday evening my husband said three of the four stalls in the men's room were plugged and non-functional. The ladies room was also trashed by the evenings. (There were other bathrooms on the grounds but this was closest to our site). A late afternoon quick cleaning would help resolve these problems. I also noticed that while the shower and toilets were cleaned, nothing else was. There were some grime-laden air vents and visible pipes with layers of dust and dirt on them in the ladies room. These weren't areas that a camper would be touching, but they were visible. Despite these restroom imperfections, I would definitely camp here again. We camped here in a Tent Trailer.
The park was OK, and location was good. The staff is accommodating and friendly. The major drawback here is the site are not geared for larger rigs. The roads are very narrow and it is quite hilly. We camped here in a Motorhome.
I liked the campground and would return, but wanted to point out a few disappointments. If you are relying on Wi-Fi coverage, be careful. The only areas within range are directly around the office. This proved to be a major problem for me so make sure you ask about coverage at your site if you are one of those who needs high speed internet access. Dust covered just about everything. Roads are dirt/sand so if you are type A about a clean tow vehicle, be prepared to wash it frequently. Other than that, nice playground, adequate camp store, sites spacious (C area). Very crowded but amazingly noise was at a minimum. Even though you are surrounded by the ocean, would be nice to have a pool, but I understand why most cgs on the cape don't. Would recommend this cg although we are going to try another one next year. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
This campground was our first trip for 2007. We came here off season. The sites were level and clean. The staff was helpful and friendly. it was a quiet campground, you could relax with the sounds of the "peepers", birds and the wind through the trees. We will stay here again. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Love the rustic feel, large sites, and convenience to the Rail Trail. Fall is a great time for the Cape and we'll return again to enjoy all that the area has to offer. Nice owners. Well kept. Limited number of big rig sites. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We have stayed at several cg's on the Cape, but returned to Sweetwater due to its fairly central location. Not too far to the National Seashore or to the Lower Cape. Staff was very friendly. We had site T-3 which was okay but a bit narrow due to some trees which were close to the awning and a very small fire pit against a fence. Our in-laws had T-4, which was much better. Plenty of room on the site. I'm sure we will be returning to the Cape, and this is the cg we will be staying at. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
I was pleasantly surprised with this park. We went not really knowing what to expect and happened to pull in after hours in the dark. One negative was that the attendant on the phone told us the park was 4-5 miles "down the road" from a certain intersection. It happened to be 2. 5 miles "down the road" so needless to say we drove by the entrance and then had to find a spot to turn around on some narrow, dark roads. But things got better. Our site location was waiting pinned to the board, at the office. Map directions were clear and we found our spot quickly. We had a very large and private spot. Site was level and clean. On our 2nd day we asked for a late check out and were accommodated with "no problem" and no charge. Very nice people at the desk. Campground wasn't too crowded when we were there and was very quiet and pleasant. Quick access to the CC rail trail. Would definitely stay there again. We camped here in a Motorhome.