Exploring the State Park's hidden spots.
Photos by Jonathan Mayo
This is the view looking up an embankment in a lesser-traveled area of Nickerson State Park. A logging road was cut to access this location many years ago.
The DCR has been piling up storm debris here for over 2 decades.
Most of these trees are from Hurricane Bob in 1991. The area boasts an unusually rich ecosystem. Wildflowers grow here and my son saw a 6 foot snake, no doubt well-fed in the seclusion of these enormous woodpiles. This salamander was hanging out under a log.
Some very old equipment lies wedged against a boulder at the edge of the woodpile. "Self-oiling bulldozer" Given the age, this equipment likely helped to build the Park.
Signs of Past Lives on the land now known as Nickerson
In 1934, multimillionare Roland Nickerson donated the Brewster site to The State. Despite the passing of years, signs of the old inhabitants can still be seen, including an old family cemetery and this decorative glass mug, buried in an old tree stump deep in the woods.
No more then 10 feet away we found a small circle of bricks. It's barely visible above ground, but not to be disturbed. To find this in a yard would seem normal, but in the middle of the woods? Was it the work of a child long ago? These bricks are very old, hand-made, giving us hints of Nickerson's interesting past.
Foliage is peaking in The Park.
Night falls as we return to mile 0.