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Borderland State Park Loop

Intermediate
 4.3 (10) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

This loop features rugged granite ledges and gullies, plus fine, open views.


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Map Key

4.6

Miles

7.4

KM

Loop

326' 99 m

High

197' 60 m

Low

234' 71 m

Up

227' 69 m

Down

2%

Avg Grade (1°)

9%

Max Grade (5°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Birding · Lake · Views · Wildlife

Overview

The first half of this diverse hike is through a series of rugged, granite ledges and gullies. Then the trail passes by ponds and meadows with fine open views where you may see bluebirds, waterfowl, and other wildlife.

Description

The park entrance is on Massapoag Ave south of Sharon center. From the visitor center, follow the Pond Walk section of the Bay Circuit Trail (BCT, more info at baycircuit.org) to Leach Pond, then follow the white blazes left onto West Side Trail before turning right onto French Trail.

Continue over rolling, rocky terrain past granite outcroppings and a pond, then bear right on Ridge Trail, which crosses over several rocky balds. At the four-way junction at 1.5 mi, turn right off the BCT and continue on Ridge Trail. Bear right at the junction with Friends Trail, then right at the glacial boulder.

Turn left and follow Granite Hills Trail (Upper Loop) past the ledges to a field near the tip of Upper Leach Pond. Turn left to Mountain St and then turn right on the road. Turn right at the brown gate and follow the Pud's Pond Path past the field and Pud's Pond.

Continue onto the Pond Walk past the meadows, farm house, and Leach Pond. Rejoin the BCT section near the entrance and follow the blazes to the visitor center.

This featured hike is courtesy of the Appalachian Mountain Club and the Bay Circuit Trail Map & Guide. For more information visit their < ahref="http://amcstore.outdoors.org/books-maps/bay-circuit-trail-map-and-guide">website.

Contacts

Shared By:

Appalachian Mountain Club with improvements by Shea Mizuno

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  4.3 from 10 votes

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Photos

Taken last year at Borderland State Park.
Jan 16, 2020 near Easton, MA
Fall colors reflected in Pud's Pond
Oct 22, 2017 near Easton, MA
Trail work has been conducted by the Appalachian Mountain Club.
Oct 25, 2016 near Easton, MA
Fall colors and Upper Leach Pond from the Tisdale Site.
Oct 22, 2017 near Easton, MA
Ames Mansion at Borderland State Park
Jan 16, 2020 near Easton, MA
Intersection of the French Trail and West Side Trail
Jul 23, 2017 near Foxborough, MA

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May 12, 2020
Shea Mizuno
2h 07m
May 13, 2019
Susan DeSelms
10h 59m
Apr 13, 2019
Taylor Levine
5mi — 3h 00m
Mar 3, 2019
Mike G
Sep 29, 2018
Eric Stutman
4.6mi
Feb 24, 2018
Sean Cotter
5.1mi — 2h 04m
Jan 20, 2018
Chao Han
Oct 15, 2017
Matt Sandonato