Events and Activities


Special Events

Friends of Borderland and the Mass. Department of Conservation and Recreation host a number of special events at Borderland throughout the year. For event information, please visit the Mass. DCR website and the Friends’ Facebook page.

Weddings & Functions

Borderland’s grounds are popular for hosting weddings and other private events. These events require advance notice and a special-use permit, which is available from the park for a small fee. If you are interested in hosting an event at Borderland, please email the park’s supervisor, Ellenor Simmons. Please note, the interior of the Ames Mansion is not available for events.

Self-Guided Hikes

The Mass. Department of Conservation and Recreation has a number of self-guided hike brochures for adults and families available both in the Visitor Center and online. Click here to explore available brochures.

Disc Golf

There are two beautiful, 18-hole, world-class disc golf courses that wind through the forests, fields, and meadows of Borderland State Park. For more information about disc golf at Borderland, visit the Professional Disc Golf Association’s website.

Park Passports

DCR’s Park Passport Initiative encourages families to discover the plants and animals, trails, beaches, fields, picnic areas, campgrounds, and fresh air in the more than 450,000 acres of Mass. state parks. Click here to download your own passport today!

Mass. Senior Pass

The Mass. Senior Pass is a benefit offered to state residents who are 62 years of age or older. The pass allows free parking for the vehicle occupied by the pass holder, whether they are driving or a passenger. Passes are available at all parks that charge a parking fee.

Bay Circuit Trail

The Bay Circuit Trail, a permanent recreation trail and greenway corridor that stretches 150 miles through 34 towns in Eastern Massachusetts, passes through a significant portion of Borderland State Park. Traversing parts of the trail is a popular activity in all seasons. To learn more, visit the Bay Circuit Trail’s website.

Borderland is open from 8am to about a half hour before sunset. The exact closing time is posted at the main entrance to the park on Massapoag Avenue. Cars in the lot after closing will be ticketed and may be towed.

There is a $2 per car daily parking fee for all parking lots. This fee is payable at the machine at the entrance of the main parking lot on Massapoag Avenue. Annual parking passes to all Mass. state parks are also available for purchase. Vehicles displaying a disability placard are exempt from the parking fee.

No motorized vehicles are allowed on parkland unless express permission is given by park staff. This includes both electric and gas-powered recreational vehicles and remote-controlled toys.

All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Dogs must be leashed while at Borderland. The only area of the park where dogs may be let off leash is in the fields immediately surrounding the Smith Farmhouse, located approximately 1.5 miles east of the Ames Mansion.

Alcohol is not permitted at Borderland or any other Massachusetts state parks. Violators will be asked to leave the park and may be fined.

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