Last Saturday as I was sitting in front of my computer drinking my morning coffee I was gazing out the window thinking about how nice a day it was and thought to myself; “I really need to GO OUTSIDE!!” I guzzled down the rest of my cup, packed my bag with my camera and some cookies, and sped out the door for a hike in Borderland State Park.
Welcome to Borderland!
I was hoping to find some good foliage but there was still less than 50% color. There were some very pretty splashes to be found though.
The trees are so pretty when they’re changing color!
Borderland is well known for hiking trails, fishing, canoeing, mountain biking, dog walkers, trail runners, picnic spots, and the Ames Mansion which can be toured and also rented for weddings. There was a wedding going on when I was there.
Folks tying the knot at the Ames Mansion
I was looking for a little solitude so I headed off to the trail head.
All the trails are well marked and pretty easy to follow.
The Friends of Borderland
host many events throughout the year. Guided hikes, nature talks, Astronomy night, and art exhibits just to name a few. If you saw the movie Shutter Island
with Leonardo DiCaprio, you might recognize this little building from the cabin scene! There was a photo shoot going on in the front so I took this picture from the back.
The Lodge. In the winter they keep a fire burning inside so you can warm up after snowshoeing or cross country skiing.
There are many easy trails is you just want to take a leisurely stroll. This one goes around one of the many ponds on the property.
It’s called the “Pond Walk” Trail and goes all the way around Leach Pond.
I wanted to hit some of the rockier trails so I went in the other direction toward The French Trail and Split Rock Trail. These as well as some of the others are littered with boulders
that were left behind when the glaciers receded at the end of the last Ice Age. Some are really big that you can climb up on if you’re so inclined. I like to climb the rocks, it’s always fun for me.
This erratic is not the biggest one there but it’s much bigger than me!
This is a nice rocky trail.
Watch your step! It’s a good idea to wear sturdy shoes out here. I always wear my hiking boots.
I was likin’ the lichen!
I took a little break, sat down on a big rock, had a healthy snack
, and enjoyed the nice weather.
It was getting a little late in the afternoon so I started making my way back to the visitor center. There are many boardwalks like this one for crossing wetland areas. It was relatively dry out there on this day.
I like the way the late afternoon sun is streaming through the trees here.
It’s always a good idea to pay attention to the time when you’re out in the woods. It gets dark faster than you think under the trees.
I ran into a number of dogs along the way. This is Coco, she lives in Sharon, MA. Her owners were as friendly as she was.
Coco the Dog!
There are all kinds of different trees but I always like how Sassafras
leaves look like hands.
Back at the visitor center I spotted this little sign.
The Bay Circuit Trail and Greenway
Borderland is part of the Bay Circuit Trail and Greenway
which is a system of 200 miles of trails and open space around the Greater Boston area called a “greenbelt.” Borderland is a great place to visit any time of the year. There’s plenty to do no matter what your age or physical condition. There’s always plenty of parking even on a busy Saturday so if you’re in the area stop by and see what Borderland has to offer.
The main public parking area. It’s only $2 per car.
All trails are healthy for your heart 🙂