Walden Pond State Reservation, Concord

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The scenic Walden Pond State Reservation is a popular site for reflecting on nature and learning about conservation history. Writer and philosopher Henry David Thoreau lived here from 1845 to 1848, inspiring his book "Walden," which helped garner respect for the environment in the United States. The legacy of Thoreau and his book enabled the pond to achieve National Historic Landmark status, and it is credited as the conservation movement's birthplace. You can visit a replica of where Thoreau lived and follow a hiking trail to the site of the original cabin. Explore the surrounding forest, and, if weather permits, enjoy a dip in the clean pond water. In keeping with conservation efforts, the number of daily visitors is limited. To visit Walden Pond State Reservation on your holiday in Concord, and find out what else Concord has to offer, use our Concord trip planner .
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  • Lovely walk to commune with Thoreau's nature. Heavy use as a swimming destination in summer has compromised the rustic feel in Summer. Still worth a visit  more »
  • We've walked around this tranquil pond for decades. Erosion has forced the construction of many fences that compromise the rustic feel, but it's still a great walk in the woods. Equally, it's still a ...  more »
  • Walden Pond is a special place, in part due to it's history as the birthplace of the 'environmental awareness' movement and because of it's sheer beauty. I've visited in three seasons - winter, summer...  more »
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  • Like many other reviews, this park is beautiful tho packed with people. Staff work around the gate definitely weren't that friendly. There's no shower around so if you want to swim here you need to be prepared.
  • If I could take stars away from you guys I would because you guys suck. you need more help on Sunday mornings I had to bring my oatmel back because it was full water to the brim, and had no can fruit or raisins available. Also my ice mocha had way too much mocha syrup and was totally disgusting and Couldn't even finish it. get more help in the mornings
  • Park closed at 9AM, yes AM, on a good sunny day in the summer. We tried 3 times in different weekend. 10am; 9:30am; 9am. Disappointed 3 times in a row. I do randomly see open spot even when park is closed. instead of allowing ppl to line up, I guess close the park maybe the easiest way for them. No matter how good this place is, worth 0 star if you can not get in.
  • After moving to Concord last fall, I can see why you would want to visit Walden Pond from anywhere the in the world. Soak in its majesty. Explore its mystery. Calm yourself by its shore. This place is majestic, and I have spent many days walking its shoreline, meeting new people, and playing in its cool water. People are swimming, reading, relaxing, playing a pick-up game of something, and loving all that the pond has to offer. I hope to see you there, soon!
  • Dont get me wrong because of the one star, its a nice place. for the park, Down side is the sand on the beach is not very good, a lot of rocks. and the water is ok for swimming. However, if you want to go there in good summer day, you have to go there very very early. i mean, definitely before 8:30am or something for weekend. Your best bet is when they re-open in the afternoon, which you have no idea when it will. I have seen it between 12:30 to 4:30. so you will have to go there and check the time and coming back. And the stuff working there are not very friendly as well, especially the ones around the gate. I feels like this park is their own personal property multiple times. BTW, if you want to drop off someone around, they are stopping you saying the park is closed, where you clearly see a lot ppl walk in.

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