Borderland State Park located in the town of Easton is a great family hike in Massachusetts. The trails are flat and relatively easy to navigate, which makes it perfect for everyone in the family. At Borderland, there are plenty of spots for a picnic lunch, lots of wildlife to see and a historic mansion to tour. If a fun day of hiking the trails is on your agenda, Borderland State Park makes a perfect destination.
Borderland State Park in Easton, Massachusetts is a wonderful spot for nature lovers. The park is just beautiful. You could easily spend hours there and not even make a dent. With miles and miles of trails to walk, hike, bike or even cross ski in the winter, it’s the perfect spot for a family hike in Massachusetts. The gorgeous scenery at Borderland includes ponds, marshes, woodlands, grasslands, and even a sprawling historic mansion. Often times artists can be found at Borderland sketching the nature surrounding them.
Borderland State Park – A Great Family Hike in Massachusetts
I actually grew up in the town of Easton, so I have literally spent thousands of hours at Borderland over the course of my lifetime. The park has an amazing mix of areas for hikers, mountain bikers, and families having picnics or just enjoying a beautiful day in New England. Borderland State Park even has a championship level disc golf course. There is something for everyone at Borderland State Park!
Hike or Bike the Trails
Borderland State Park has over 20 miles of hiking trails, including a section of the Bay Circuit Trail. The Bay Circuit is a Massachusetts recreational trail that connects some of the outlying suburbs of Boston.
The main trail at Borderland is a three mile pond loop. It’s about a 90 minute walk that takes you around the main path of the park, past the pond. It’s a flat trail, so it’s perfect for everyone. If you are looking for a trail that’s a little bit more of a challenge, there are side trails that are rockier and hillier. Be sure to pick up a trail map at the Visitors Center or online.
Borderland State Park is pet friendly, so bring your furry friends along. Dogs must be on a leash at Borderland.
Tour a Historical Mansion
Oakes Ames came from a wealthy Massachusetts family that owned the Ames Shovel Company in the early 1900’s. He built the Ames Mansion for his wife Blanche, and they lived there for the first part of the 20th century. The mansion is not only a great backdrop for some cool photos, you can actually go inside and take a tour.
Tours of the mansion are run on the third Sunday of the month during the summer. Tours run every 20 minutes, and each tour allows a maximum of 15 people. The tour is for all ages, but children must be accompanied by an adult.
The Ames mansion was actually featured in the new Ghostbusters movie. The mansion doubled as the Aldridge Mansion, which was the main focus of the movie!
Look for Wildlife
Massachusetts is home to all sorts of wildlife, including rabbits, squirrels, ducks, deer, fox, raccoons and much more. You just never know what kind of wildlife you will spot while at Borderland State Park.
There are six ponds at Borderland. A variety of freshwater fish including bass, perch, pickerel, sunfish and large-mouth bass can be found there. Fishing is allowed at Borderland, but Massachusetts fishing regulations apply. If you plan on fishing while you are there, the ponds are accessible only by foot. Borderland’s ponds are not stocked.
If you enjoy bird watching, bring your binoculars with you to Borderland so that you can spot some of the migratory birds that make their homes at the park.
Have a Picnic
The grounds at Borderland State Park are very well kept and that makes it a wonderful spot for a picnic. Bring a blanket and eat on the grass or sit at one of the picnic tables located near the visitor center (near the main entrance). Speaking of well kept grounds, large fields are perfect for games of Frisbee, hula-hooping or even a three-legged race!
Borderland also makes a lovely location for a family reunion. Groups of twenty people or more do need to get a permit from the park supervisor.
When you’re done with lunch, stroll through some of the gorgeous landscaped gardens in the park. The flowers and plants are truly something spectacular at Borderland State Park.
More about Borderland State Park
While some state parks in Massachusetts have free parking, Borderland State Park is not one of them. It costs $5.00 to park there ($6.00 for non-residents) for the day if you don’t have an annual season pass from the Mass DCR (Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation). I have a season parking pass and since we hike so much, it’s worth it for my family.
Borderland State Park is one of the most beautiful places in southeastern Massachusetts. That’s one of the many reasons it’s perfect for a family hike in Massachusetts.