Borderland State Park

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Borderland State Park

Massachusetts

(508) 238-6566

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Overview

Borderland is one of the most historically significant tracts of publicly owned land in the Commonwealth. Created in the early 1900s by artist and suffragist Blanche Ames and her botanist husband Oakes, Borderland offers many of the same pleasures that the Ames family enjoyed: walking and horseback riding on woodland trails, fishing and canoeing in the ponds, or, in winter, ice-skating and sledding.

In 1906, Oakes Ames and his wife Blanche purchased land on the border of Sharon and Easton. The country estate they named "Borderland" remained in the family for 65 years. In 1971, two years after the death of Blanche Ames, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts acquired the estate and opened it as a state park. The family's home, a three-storey stone mansion built in 1910, still stands. Its twenty rooms are furnished much as they were when the Ameses lived there; many of Blanche Ames' paintings grace the walls. Their illustrious histories remain in the house, which is open for scheduled tours.

Map of Borderland (MA)

Latitude, Longitude: 42.058560, -71.166343

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Activities

  • Boating

    Canoeing and non-motorized boats are allowed on the pond.

  • Bicycling

    Families enjoy biking on the three mile pond loop. Most trails are available for mountain bike use. Restrictions are on the pond edge, swamp and quiet woods trails. NEMBA Trail and Bob's trails were designed for serious mountain bike use. Please do not ride on wet days or spring thaw to preserve the trails.

  • Fishing

    Fishing is allowed at Borderland. Massachusetts fishing regulations must be applied. The ponds are accessible only by foot. Bass, perch, pickerel and sunfish are frequently caught. Borderland's ponds are not stocked.

  • Hiking

    Borderland State Park has over 20 miles of hiking trails, including a section of the Bay Circuit Trail. There are no less than six ponds to explore. Visitors enjoy the easy three mile pond loop trail which is made up of old farm roads and paths through hay fields. The other park trails range from moderate to difficult hiking. The distances and difficulty are labeled on the trail map.

  • Historic Sites

    The gardens, mansion, water areas and rural landscape are exciting areas to photograph year-round.

  • Horseback Riding

    Guests can enjoy horseback riding on woodland trails, just as the Ames family once did.

  • Picnicking

    Picnic tables are provided near the visitor center. Groups of twenty people or more must obtain a permit from the park supervisor. Alcoholic drinks are not permitted.

  • Winter Sports

    Cross-country skiing is available in winter. Visitors can also go sledding or ice-skating on the pond.

Directions

Driving

From north: Take Rte. 128 south to Rte. 95 south (towards Providence). Take exit 10 (Sharon, Walpole and Coney Street). Take a left at the end of the ramp and follow this road, two or three miles to the traffic lights in Sharon Center. Go straight thru this intersection and immediately bear right onto Pond St. Follow Pond St. for 1-1/2 miles until you come to a traffic rotary. Go half way around the rotary and continue onto Massapoag Ave. for three miles to the park entrance, on your left.

From Boston: Take the southeast expressway south to Rte. 128 north and then to Rte. 95 south. Follow directions from above. From west: Mass Pike to Rte. 495 south to exit 10 (Easton and Rte. 123). Take a left at the end of the ramp and follow Rte. 123 east towards Easton. Rte. 123 will merge with Rte. 106 east. After this merge look for the brown "Borderland" sign, on the left about a half mile from the merge. Take this left onto Poquanticut Ave. After about a mile the road will fork, bear to the left onto Massapoag Ave. and follow the signs to the park, approximately another two miles. Entrance will be on your right.

From east (Brockton): From Rte. 24 north take exit 17B (Easton). Follow Rte. 123 west to the intersection of Rte. 138. Take a right onto Rte. 138 north and follow to the second set of traffic lights (approx. one mile), take a left onto Main St and continue about one mile into the center of North Easton. In the center the road will fork, continue straight up the hill, Lincoln St., and follow to the end, approx. two miles. Take a right onto Bay Rd., then an immediate left onto Allen Rd. Follow Allen Rd. to its end, approx. one and a half miles. Take a right onto Rockland St. and follow for just under a mile to a four way stop sign. Take a right onto Massapoag Ave., the park entrance will be one mile on your right.

From south (Fall River): From Rte. 24 north take exit 16 (Rte. 106 west and Mansfield). Follow Rte. 106 west through four sets of traffic lights. Go thru the fourth light, which will be the intersection of Rte. 123 and 106, continue west on Rtes. 123 & 106 for one half mile. A brown park sign will be on your right, take this right onto Poquanticut Ave. Follow the signs to the park, approximately three miles.

From south (Providence): Take Rte. 95 north to exit 7A (Mansfield & Rte. 140 south). Take Rte. 140 south to the intersection of Rte. 106 east. Follow Rte. 106 into Easton. Rte. 106 will merge with Rte. 123. Continue 1/2 mile after the merge and turn left at the brown Borderland sign onto Poquanticut Ave. Follow Poquanticut Ave. and then bear left onto Massapoag Ave. to the park, which will be on your right, approximately 3 miles from the turn at Rtes. 106/123.

Phone Numbers

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(508) 238-6566

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