Nickerson State Park, Brewster
Located near the elbow of Cape Cod, the 420 well-spaced camping sites at Nickerson State Park are in extremely high demand in summer. If you’re fortunate enough to snag one, explore the hiking and biking trails that snake along the ponds and through the woods, including the 25-mile Cape Cod Rail Trail. Nickerson also features three of the Cape’s 300-plus kettle ponds, so you can rent a canoe and paddle the serene waters of Cliff, Little Cliff, and Flax ponds.
$11 per night for state residents, $14 for nonresidents. Route 6A; 877-422-6762, www.mass.gov/dcr/parks/southeast/nick.htm