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.
"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
"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
"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
"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