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. Borderland encompasses more than 1,843 acres including over 20 miles of hiking trails.
The Commonwealth acquired the estate in 1971 and with the Friends of Borderland (founded in 1972), the history and rich nature has been preserved for generations allowing each and every visitor the chance to 'take a step back in time', through programs, events, hikes and volunteering.
The main entrance of the park is located at:
259 Massapoag Ave., North Easton, MA 02356
"Find a spot on earth that appeals to your artistic sense, and during the year observe in it how the seasons come and go."
For information about volunteering at Borderland, please call the park at 508-238-6566 or e-mail the park at Borderland.Park@state.ma.us
Borderland opens everyday of the year at 8:00am. 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 $5 per car daily parking fee ($10.00 for out-of-state cars) 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.
The Mass. Senior Pass is a benefit offered to state residents who are 62 years of age or older. The pass costs $10 and is good for life. It allows 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.
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.
Drones are not allowed at Borderland.
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.
Assisting in preserving and interpreting the natural and cultural resources of Borderland State Park