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Massachusetts: Borderland State Park
Posted on Wednesday, August 24 @ 06:59:04 CDT by iljiana

Horse Rentals & Day Ride Trails 259 Massapoag Ave.
Easton / Sharon
Massachusetts
508 238-6566


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.

The Ames' 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. To find out more about the park's history, read the online Borderland State Park brochure.

Things to know before you go…
The park is open from 8am to sunset. A visitors center with bathrooms is open daily. Mansion Tours are offered by The Friends of Borderland on the third Sunday of the month between April and November, from 1pm to 3pm, at a cost of $3 for adults. Reservations are required. Group tours are available by appointment. The nearest state campground to Borderland is Massasoit State Park.

Park Directions
Borderland State Park is located in the Greater Boston area.
Note: $2 parking fee at pay & display machine at main parking lot

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.
From east (Brockton): From Rte. 24 north take exit 17B (Easton). Follow Rte. 123 west to the intersection of Rte. 138. Take a right onto Rte. 138 north and follow to the second set of traffic lights (approx. one mile), take a left onto Main St and continue about one mile into the center of North Easton. In the center the road will fork, continue straight up the hill, Lincoln St., and follow to the end, approx. two miles. Take a right onto Bay Rd., then an immediate left onto Allen Rd. Follow Allen Rd. to its end, approx. one and a half miles. Take a right onto Rockland St. and follow for just under a mile to a four way stop sign. Take a right onto Massapoag Ave., the park entrance will be one mile on your right.
From south (Fall River): From Rte. 24 north take exit 16 (Rte. 106 west and Mansfield). Follow Rte. 106 west through four sets of traffic lights. Go thru the fourth light, which will be the intersection of Rte. 123 and 106, continue west on Rtes. 123 & 106 for one half mile. A brown park sign will be on your right, take this right onto Poquanticut Ave. Follow the signs to the park, approximately three miles.
From south (Providence): Take Rte. 95 north to exit 7A (Mansfield & Rte. 140 south). Take Rte. 140 south to the intersection of Rte. 106 east. Follow Rte. 106 into Easton. Rte. 106 will merge with Rte. 123. Continue 1/2 mile after the merge and turn left at the brown Borderland sign onto Poquanticut Ave. Follow Poquanticut Ave. and then bear left onto Massapoag Ave. to the park, which will be on your right, approximately 3 miles from the turn at Rtes. 106/123.

 
Accessible Hiking Trails
Accessible Restrooms
Nonmotorized boating
Canoeing
Disc Golf
Fishing
Group Day Use
Historic Site
Horseback Riding Trails
Mountain Biking
Skiing (Cross-Country)
Visitors Center
Walking Trails

  
Interpretive Programs
Outreach Programs
Park Resources
Quests

For more information
 http://www.mass.gov/dcr/parks/southeast/bord.htm


 
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