Borderland State Park

Sharon, Massachusetts

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4 Reviews
3 out of 5
Managed from the start for wildlife and nature appreciation, the 1906 estate of botanist Oakes Ames and his artist wife, Blanche, offers present-day travelers a fine natural arena to explore. Within its 1,772 acres, find ponds, a cedar swamp, field, woods, and rocky hills, as well as a superb system of short trails, suggesting a variety of hikes. Located five miles south of Sharon. Two hikes incorporate many of the trails, applauding the area's varied habitats and overall relaxation. One features the ponds, the other the wooded rocky hills. Special attractions: Stone mansion; old quarry; scenic ponds; spring flowering trees, shrubs, and wildflowers; Atlantic white cedar swamp; wildlife watching; fishing; fall foliage.
Hiking Southern New England

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Hiking Southern New England

by Rhonda & Greg Ostertag (Falcon Guides)

Managed from the start for wildlife and nature appreciation, the 1906 estate of botanist Oakes Ames and his artist wife, Blanche, offers present-day travelers a fine natural arena to explore. Within its 1,772 acres, find ponds, a cedar swamp, field, woods, and rocky hills, as well as a superb system of short trails, suggesting a variety of hikes.

Located five miles south of Sharon. Two hikes incorporate many of the trails, applauding the area's varied habitats and overall relaxation. One features the ponds, the other the wooded rocky hills.

Special attractions: Stone mansion; old quarry; scenic ponds; spring flowering trees, shrubs, and wildflowers; Atlantic white cedar swamp; wildlife watching; fishing; fall foliage.

©  Rhonda & Greg Ostertag/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Sharon
Distance: 7.4
Elevation Gain: 100 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy to Moderate
Season: Year-round, 8AM to sunset.
Local Contacts: Borderland State Park, 508-238-6566
Local Maps: State park map.
Driving Directions: Directions to Borderland State Park

Recent Trail Reviews

5/5/2008
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I give this trail three stars because it was very pet friendly and an easy to moderate walk, as stated. However, the trails aren't well marked and don't match what is on the park map. Didn't consider it much of a hike.


11/12/2007
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This trail is marked by hundreds of sharp embedded rocks which make the going a bit treacherous, but the terrain is so interesting and varied as to compensate for the ankle-twisting and stumbling risks. I got off the trail on the way back from the Northern route in spite of trying to follow the directions closely and had to amble home on a dirt road. All-in-all it was worth the trip and I intend to return.


6/2/2004
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2/29/2004
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Very nice park. We didn't follow the suggested routes in the e-trail precisely, but combined parts for an 8+ mile walk. The best parts for quiet and beauty were the Pond Edge Trail, Swamp Trail, and Quiet Woods Trail (go figure!). There are no bikers allowed on these, and we also did them first, which might account for the solitude. The trails over the ridges were also neat - lots of granite outcroppings and weird glacial erratics. Note: be careful on the Ridge Trail, as on the rock surfaces it's not marked and can be lost pretty easily - found again easily too, though. This could be a four-star hike if not for all the mountain bikes. Go early and you might avoid most of them.



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