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.
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  • Stopped by here to kill a few hours. Beautiful spot. We ended up walking around the lake. Lots of swimmers, even in October. The beach is small, but there are so many little spots around the lake....  more
    Stopped by here to kill a few hours. Beautiful spot. We ended up walking around the lake. Lots of swimmers, even in October. The beach is small, but there are so many little spots around the lake....  more »
  • We came here for fall foliage after having read about this being the place for fall colors. We visited on the first Friday in October but there were no fall colors. Then we found out that the place....  more
    We came here for fall foliage after having read about this being the place for fall colors. We visited on the first Friday in October but there were no fall colors. Then we found out that the place....  more »
  • A must see and experience for anyone familiar with Henry David Thoreau. The Visitor's Center has improved greatly over the years with intriguing displays and an excellent short documentary on Thoreau....  more
    A must see and experience for anyone familiar with Henry David Thoreau. The Visitor's Center has improved greatly over the years with intriguing displays and an excellent short documentary on Thoreau....  more »
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  • I absolutely love this place! I've been going for years and it never lets me down. Hands down my favorite Ramen spot. Good vibes, good music, amazing service.
  • Walden Pond is a must see in your visit to Boston. Run, bike, and swim. A complete triathlon. Or enjoy a leisurely foliage hike around the pond in the fall or a brisk speed-walk in the Spring. Or simply sunbathing on the beach on a quiet Spring or Fall weekday afternoon (weekends especially in the summer aren't that quiet). My favorite moments are swimming across the lake after work in the late afternoon and during sunset.
  • $30 out of state parking. Work travels brought me to Massachusetts for the first time. I wanted to visit the pond that had been made so famous in the literary world, and had a few minutes to work with. I got to the pond and found out it that they are charging $30 per car to park for a day with no option for lesser time. I am not spending that to see walden pond for 10-15 minutes. So it wasn't a pleasant experience for me.
  • This park is over 300 acres in size. The pond trail, which only permits walking, is a great place to get views of the Walden Pond and bird watch. Swimming is permitted in the summer and a seasonal bathhouse with restrooms, first aid and lifeguard station. Non-gas boating is permitted. A replica of Henry David Thoreau house from his two years spent at Walden Pond is near parking. There is also a gift shop and visitor center. No dogs permitted. Parking for Massachusetts residents is 8$ and 30$ for nonresidents.
  • Busy lake beach during season but great for families. Multiple trails to enjoy with family with friends.

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