"Borderland State Park" Massachusetts Off The Beaten Path Tip by dracko
Massachusetts Off The Beaten Path: 45 reviews and 54 photos
Borderland is a great park to spend a day hiking, trail biking, or just plain relaxing. It's one of my favorite places to ride my mountain bike in the summer. Spanning the border between Sharon and Easton, this aptly-named park has something to offer for most people. There are three large ponds in the center of the park surrounded by a couple of loops of a wide unpaved bridle trail. Leach Pond, the larger of the two, is a great little place for canoeing practice and has a couple of islands in the middle good for a picnic. The entire Northern part of the park is heavily wooded, hilly, peppered with granite outcroppings reaching up to 350ft, and is criss-crossed by a number of marked hiking/biking trails. There are maps readily available by the entrance to the park, so you don't need to worry about getting lost. The trails aren't very long, but most of them are interconnected and the entire Northern part of the park can be hiked in a few hours. Alltogether there are 14 marked trails in the park, and numerous unmarked ones.
If hiking isn't your thing, there is also a big grass lawn for you to relax on, play frisbee, or do whatever. It's located at the main entrance, right next to a mansion that used to belong to the Ames family, land's owners in years past which is now open for tours.
The park is also great for birdwatching, you'll find severeal huts just off the trails around the ponds. The park is rich with other wildlife aside from the numerous birds - fish in the ponds, rabbits, snapping turtles, and all kinds of other critters that you'll come across while exploring the park.
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