259 Massapoag Avenue
North Easton, MA 02356
Daily Parking Fee: $2
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 here; many of Blanche Ames’ paintings grace the walls. Their illustrious histories remain in the house which is open for scheduled tours
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.
- Hiking - pick up a trail map at the Visitors Center or on line to plan your visit.
- Family Biking - families enjoy biking on the three mile pond loop.
- Mountain Biking - 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.
- Pets are permitted. Must be on a 10 ft maximum leash and attended at all times. Must have proof of current rabies vaccine. Mutt mitts are provided for pet waste pick up.
- Picnicking- Picnic tables are provided near the Visitors Center. Groups of twenty people or more must obtain a permit from the park supervisor. Alcoholic drinks are not permitted.
- Birding - Borderland has many different landscapes, therefore a variety of birds live and migrate through the park. Spring and fall migrating waterfowl frequent Lower and Upper Leach Ponds.
- Photo Opportunities - The gardens, mansion, water areas and rural landscape are exciting areas to photograph year-round.
- 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.
Borderland is located approximately three miles from the center of Sharon, Mansfield and North Easton, Massachusetts; the park is twenty miles from Boston and thirty miles from Providence, RI.
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.