I still remember my first time to Borderland State Park with Mark and Jimmy. I was in high school and we were there for the Walk for Animals. I thought the place was pretty cool back then and whenever I go back, those fond memories come flooding back – all those fun times we had tossing the frisbee, or kicking up a hacky sack or wandering on a hike. That’s when I fell in love with Borderland.
Fast forward to motherhood and Emily – we took her there a few times. Then life got busy and we stopped going.
We went back for a photo shoot last fall and it all came back to me. We did take the big kids to hike with us once or twice and I remember them loving it. They kind of dig hiking and being outside. In fact, I never thought I was the outdoorsy type because of ya know, bugs and all. But in my old age, I think I like hiking and doing stuff outside more and more. It’s like I appreciate nature and the outdoors the older I get? The colors, the smells, the sounds. It’s pretty weird.
So I recently went back and I loved it all over again. No frisbee, no hacky sack – just my jogging stroller and a cute baby. It was the perfect summer day for the long way around. So I took the long way around.
There are so many trails to choose from and so many places to stop and take it all in. It’s a beautiful place for meditation, clearing your head, a nature walk, playing frisbee, having a picnic, fishing, photography, all of it. I don’t know how to meditate, but that big loop with Andrew definitely made me feel good.
Things to do at Borderland:
- horseback riding
- dog walking
- nature walk
- trail runs
- mountain biking
- bird watching
- ice skating
- cross country skiing
Borderland State Park is twenty miles from Boston and thirty miles from Providence, RI. With over twenty miles of beautiful hiking trails, it’s definitely worth a trip. You can park for $5 ($6 if you are from out of state). If you’re feeling really adventurous, Massachusetts residents can purchase a MassParks Pass for just $60 to utilize the many parks and beaches throughout the year listed here. You can purchase your pass inside the Visitor Center at Borderland. MA Seniors can grab that very same pass for just $10! We love taking advantage of our MassParks Pass at Scusset Beach during the summer months too! It’s all a win-win.
Have you been to Borderland? Thinking about taking a trip now? Give me a call, I’ll probably go with you. In fact, I want to ditch the stroller and do my first ever trail run. Happy trails to you!