Borderland State Park

Sharon, Massachusetts 02067

Borderland State Park

Borderland State Park Professional Review and Guide

"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."

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"The trail begins easily enough with a few small rocks in the trail and an equal number roots. The trails are marked fairly well, so finding the way is easy--although some new trails now branched off the established ones. To ensure that you are on the right path, stay on the trail that looks more traveled.

The new paths are thin and sometimes dead-end at back yards and paved roads. Most of the climbs here are short and steep, which demands that riders be prepared to shift at a moment's notice. The descents also come up quickly and the bouncing terrain makes chains jump off chainrings regularly. Terrain: Both technical singletrack and smooth, dirt and gravel doubletrack. Rocks are the most prevalent feature of the trail although roots do make an appearance from time to time."

"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."

"Hiking alongside water makes an outing special, and Borderland State Park has no fewer than six ponds to explore. Add to that the combination of flat hayfields or the option to test your legs on hilly, rocky terrain, and Borderland has something for everyone. Wildlife also find Borderland to their liking; deer, fox, raccoon, and otter are just some of the mammals that live here.

Park Supervisor Bob Babineau said that “it seems the deer are increasing—we see them in the fields in the early evening.” He added that the park is a good place to view migratory birds: “Sometimes we even see osprey by the ponds.” The ponds are shallow, but they hold such warm-water fish species as largemouth bass and pickerel. Highlights: Ponds, fields, forest."

"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."

"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"

"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."

"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."

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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.
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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.
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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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Trail Information

Nearby City
Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
100 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
Year-round, 8AM to sunset.
Swimming, Boating, Golf/Disc Golf, Fishing
Additional Use
Borderland State Park, 508-238-6566
Local Contacts
State park map.
Local Maps

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Oct 2018