Walden Pond State Reservation, Concord

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Water Body · State Park
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.
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  • Our goal was to see the new visitor center but it was closed due to Covid 19. We had walked on the Emerson Thoreau Amble from Emerson’s home in Concord. It was a long walk before we reached the the...  more »
  • Went for a pleasant walk around the pond, which took less than an hour. Even though it was mid week the parking lot was very crowded, but most people were there for the beach. It's $8 to park (pay...  more »
  • For those who would be curious and open to explore this fantastic historical state reservation, the benefits to expand and explore the possibilities of the simplicities of nature and the human spirit....  more »
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  • Most Central Mass woodland parks are idyllic. Walden Pond is no exception. Hiking trails are well-maintained, and, for the most part, under canopies of towering trees. It's especially enjoyable to walk the trail around the glistening pond, about a mile and a quarter circumference. Two or three small public beaches crowd with sunbathers and swimmers in summer. All along the pond, small clearings appear sporadically on the shore, with space for intimate gatherings and activity (fishing, swimming, etc.). Tripping across the original site of Thoreau’s handmade house in the woods is treat, if you're into that sort of thing. Parking can be tough. Bring bug spray.
  • Very pretty when weather is nice. The trail around the pond is perfect for a afternoon walk without getting sweaty.
  • Beautiful, though I think the parking prices are a bit steep. Likely to come back though!
  • Overcrowded in summer No Dogs even in dead of Winter Haven't been back since we were the only ones walking a 15 lb pup around the pond in Feb and the ranger threatened to take the dog. Live in town and fewer places to take your pup even on a leash Silly When no one is there
  • Magnificient parc to go hiking ! Really appreciated the stay

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