Borderland State Park

Mansfield, Massachusetts 2031

Borderland State Park

Borderland State Park Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"Borderland was opened as a state park in 1971. Prior to that, it served as the country estate to the Ames family, who named it Borderland because it is on the border of Sharon and Easton. The family constructed the stone mansion in 1910. It is open to visitors for regularly scheduled guided tours in spring, summer, and fall.

Hiking alongside water always makes an outing special, and Borderland has no fewer than 6 ponds to explore. The level walking trails at Borderland State Park lead to close-up views of ponds, fields, and forests."

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Hiking through History New England (Falcon Guides)
Johnny Molloy
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"This hike explores a former coastal granite quarry operation at a superlatively scenic preserve on the Massachusetts coast. Walk to a converted World War II observation tower, affording incredible views of the quarry below and the expanse of the Atlantic Ocean beyond, clear to Maine. From there, circle the quarry, exploring the workings of the operation. Detour to an elevated panorama from Halibut Point and then drop to explore the rocky seacoast. From there hike more of the quarry and the rugged shore before returning to the trailhead." Read more
60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Boston - 2nd Edition (Menasha Ridge Press)
Lafe Low and Helen Weatherall
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"Borderland State Park is often fairly busy and can be crowded, but there are plenty of corners of the park and more-remote trails where you can have the forest to yourself. Besides offering miles of hiking, Borderland State Park welcomes anglers, horseback riders, and disc golfers. For a schedule of mansion tours and special events, visit friendsofborderland.org" Read more
Hiking Massachusetts (Falcon Guides)
Benjamin B. Ames
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"This wet, sandy land is a typical southeastern Massachusetts ecosystem, with the acidic soil beloved by cranberry bogs and cedar swamps. The park’s many ponds were formed by damming its streams, first to spin waterwheels for a nineteenth-century furnace, and later for fishing, boating, and skating. The broad carriage paths that encircle Leach Pond and Upper Leach Pond are filled with baby carriages, mountain bikes, horses, and joggers on a beautiful spring day, while the footpaths that twist around the park’s northern half are narrow, rocky, and quiet. This loop is a combination of the two, just scratching the surface of the park’s four-season variety." Read more
Best Hikes Near Boston (Falcon Guides)
Steve Mirsky
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"This route encompasses a diverse mix of recreational uses. You can whiz along this route on a bike, play a competitive game of disc golf in a tournament, head down one of the many side trails in wooded tranquility, or do all of the above within a single afternoon. All this plus two lovely ponds that offer boating, fishing, and swimming add up to plenty of opportunities for passive escape and more formalized recreation." Read more

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5/5/2008
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.
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11/12/2007
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.
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6/2/2004
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2/29/2004
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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Trail Information

Mansfield
Nearby City
3.5
Distance
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
Moderate
Skill Level
1.75 hours
Duration
Year-round
Season
USGS Brockton
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Dec 2018