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Borderland Walk/Easy Hike w/ Picnic Lunch w/ the South Shore Walkabouts

We hope not but this may be our last Borderlands walk of the year.  September's event was a great time.  Join members and guests of the South Shore Walkabouts and Social Fun group as we explore the trails in Borderland State Park.  We will be walking the easy 3 mile Pond Walk around Leach Pond and then have a picnic weather permitting.  If there's interest, we'll explore a more moderate walk after lunch.  Please plan on 1.5 - 2 hours to explore this beautiful state park.


Borderland State Park has over 20 miles of hiking trails, including a section of the Bay Circuit Trail. There are no less than six ponds to explore. Visitors enjoy the easy three mile pond loop trail which is made up of old farm roads and paths through hay fields. The other park trails range from moderate to difficult hiking. The distances and difficulty are labeled on the trail map.  The park is open daily year round from 8am to sunset.  The park also has Disc Golf, a good size field for throwing a football or frisbee and a picnic area.  Visitors may also decide to take in the outside of the historical Ames Mansion and its grounds at the park.  Borderland is in a very residential area and the closest restaurants are in Sharon Center which has limited options.


What to Bring/Wear: Comfortable walking clothes, Comfortable yet supportive walking/hiking sneakers/shoes, and Water
Optional: Bug Spray (highly recommended), Sunscreen, Hat/Visor, Sunglasses, Snack

Please Note: Due to the limited number of spaces available between both groups, please RSVP Yes only if you are 99% sure you will attend.  As such, once you know you are no longer able to attend please change your RSVP from Yes to No so that someone else may have the opportunity to attend.


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Borderland Walk/Easy Hike w/ Picnic Lunch w/ the South Shore Walkabouts
Saturday October 27th @ 11am
Borderland State Park
259 Massapoag Avenue
North Easton, MA
Phone:[masked]
Website: http://www.mass.gov/dcr/parks/borderland/


Meeting Location: Meet by the Visitor's Center.  We can pick-up trail maps here.

Carpool: If interested, please note that in your RSVP.  We'll try to set something up in Braintree.


Event Organizer(s)/Host(s): Paul Keyes & Eric Molander from the South Shore Walkabouts

Min/Max: At least 6 Yes RSVPs 24 hours in advance. Attendance limited to 20 total people, 12 Walkabouts and 10 Social Fun.

Guests: 1 Guest Welcome!

Cost: There is a $2 per car fee.

Late Arrivals: We will wait our traditional 5-10 minutes for late arrivals.

RSVP Deadline: Please finalize your RSVP by 9am on Saturday, October 27th.  Any changes made after this time may not be seen by an Event Organizer prior to the event and are subject to our No-Show policy.

Inclement Weather: Heavy rains will cancel. We will walk if it is overcast or there is a slight drizzle. Please plan to bring a lightweight jacket with a hood just in case. (We will do my best to notify everyone if this event is cancelled by 9:30am on the day of the walk.)


Rain Date: TBD


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Directions: Taken directly from the website.


Borderland is located approximately three miles from the center of Sharon, Mansfield and North Easton, Massachusetts; the park is twenty miles from Boston and thirty miles from Providence, RI.  We meet at the park entrance with the Visitors Center in Easton.  The first set of directions takes you directly there.

 

From North: Take Rte. 128 south to Rte. 95 south (towards Providence). Take exit 10 (Sharon, Walpole and Coney Street). Take a left at the end of the ramp and follow this road, two or three miles to the traffic lights in Sharon Center. Go straight thru this intersection and immediately bear right onto Pond St. Follow Pond St. for 1-1/2 miles until you come to a traffic rotary. Go half way around the rotary and continue onto Massapoag Ave. for three miles to the park entrance, on your left.
From Boston: Take the southeast expressway south to Rte. 128 north and then to Rte. 95 south. Follow directions from above.

From West: Mass Pike to Rte. 495 south to exit 10 (Easton and Rte. 123). Take a left at the end of the ramp and follow Rte. 123 east towards Easton. Rte. 123 will merge with Rte. 106 east. After this merge look for the brown "Borderland" sign, on the left about a half mile from the merge. Take this left onto Poquanticut Ave. After about a mile the road will fork, bear to the left onto Massapoag Ave. and follow the signs to the park, approximately another two miles. Entrance will be on your right.


From East (Brockton): From Rte. 24 north take exit 17B (Easton). Follow Rte. 123 west to the intersection of Rte. 138. Take a right onto Rte. 138 north and follow to the second set of traffic lights (approx. one mile), take a left onto Main St and continue about one mile into the center of North Easton. In the center the road will fork, continue straight up the hill, Lincoln St., and follow to the end, approx. two miles. Take a right onto Bay Rd., then an immediate left onto Allen Rd. Follow Allen Rd. to its end, approx. one and a half miles. Take a right onto Rockland St. and follow for just under a mile to a four way stop sign. Take a right onto Massapoag Ave., the park entrance will be one mile on your right.


From South (Fall River): From Rte. 24 north take exit 16 (Rte. 106 west and Mansfield). Follow Rte. 106 west through four sets of traffic lights. Go thru the fourth light, which will be the intersection of Rte. 123 and 106, continue west on Rtes. 123 & 106 for one half mile. A brown park sign will be on your right, take this right onto Poquanticut Ave. Follow the signs to the park, approximately three miles.


From South (Providence): Take Rte. 95 north to exit 7A (Mansfield & Rte. 140 south). Take Rte. 140 south to the intersection of Rte. 106 east. Follow Rte. 106 into Easton. Rte. 106 will merge with Rte. 123. Continue 1/2 mile after the merge and turn left at the brown Borderland sign onto Poquanticut Ave. Follow Poquanticut Ave. and then bear left onto Massapoag Ave. to the park, which will be on your right, approximately 3 miles from the turn at Rtes. 106/123.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    This meetup was interesting. Upon arriving at Borderland, we all unexpectedly ran into a large regional intermural high school cross-country competition. This forced us to take an unplanned route for our hike. Fortunately, Eric M., my event "co-host," and Matt, a member of S. Shore Walkabouts, knew the park well, and taking an alternate route, though it was more difficult than the one we originally planned for, worked out very well. Not one person got hurt or complained in any way. Following our hike, many people stayed and we shared a very congenial picnic/lunch. Thanks to everyone's being easy-going, flexible and helpful, it really was a great event. Special thanks, again, to Eric M. for his relaxed, expert leadership.

    October 27, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Update to the Update:(a/o 11:15pm, Fri., 10/26/12) The latest Accuweather forecast is now saying mostly sunny throughout the day on Saturday in the Borderland area. Even better.

    October 26, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Weather Update:(a/o 6:30pm, Fri. 10/26/12) The latest forecast from Accuweather is saying mostly cloudy at first, with skies clearing over the course of our walk/hike, and temperatures ranging from 63-66 degrees(F). Really nice, for late-October.

    October 26, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Angela, about Borderland: For history/architecture buffs the mansion tour is good. That's good in general in Easton. Plus several good restaurants. Just a hard place for folks to commute to (sigh).

    October 26, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    A picnic at Borderland is always fun, but if the weather isn't great for eating outside there are two pretty good restaurants in Sharon Center. For Chinese there's Alice's Mandarin Taste http://www.mandarintaste.com/ and for Indian there's Coriander http://corianderbistro.net/ . Plus if anyone is in ice cream mood, Crescent Ridge Dairy is also about a 10 minute drive away (different direction).

    October 22, 2012

    • Angela

      Thanks Jennifer. I didn't see much in the way of restaurants in our travelers in what I believe is Sharon Center. We have had several picnics there. There's a lot of green space and several picnic benches as well. I'm looking forward to re-joining these Hikes and Picnics in Spring 2013.

      October 26, 2012

  • Charles E.

    Does anyone know if this park is dog friendly?

    October 25, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi, Charles. I'm very glad you're interested in joining us on Saturday. Apparently dogs are allowed at Borderland by whoever runs the park. However, we who are organizing and leading this Meetup event ask that all members who plan to attend kindly refrain from bringing any pets. Many thanks.

      October 25, 2012

    • Charles E.

      Paul, I decided not to go.

      October 26, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Weather Outlook: (a/o 6:30pm,[masked]) We're still 60+ hours out, but, right now, things are looking very promising. Accuweather is saying mostly sunny with temps in the mid-60's, for the area where and at the time when we'll be hiking.

    October 24, 2012

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