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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. It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to Walden Pond State Reservation and many more Concord attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Concord travel itinerary maker.
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  • It's much bigger than I expected. Walden Pond is free but there is a parking charge. The lot fills up fast. A sandy beach partially surrounds the pond. A trail of 1.7 miles is provided, if you want to...  more »
  • If you have 15-20 minutes and are in Concord this is a nice little stop even if you know nothing about Transcendentalism or Thoreau or any of that stuff. People actually swim in the pond on a daily ba...  more »
  • A walk around Walden Pond helped turn a mundane morning of errands into a memorable one. The leaves were just starting to turn and the peace and beauty of the place stayed with me all day. 
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  • This park is great to visit during all seasons! (It's simply a beautiful sanctuary and any visitor will appreciate the the space when the weather gets colder since less people translates to more serenity.) Suggestions: call when there's snow on the ground to ask for the trail conditions since the main trail loop around the pond will be icy - even for experienced hikers. Also, call during the summer - they will have a recording stating if the park has reached its capacity and will mention a time that it will reopen to the public. (If the parking lot is full, they won't allow drop-offs. They're strict about preserving the area.) They have built a new state -of-the-art green visitor center (finally) to meet the needs of large volumes of visitors in the summer and fall. The center will open soon (October?) It's a magical and sacred space to the locals, the 'regulars,' and new visitors. There is always something to inspire anyone: the trees, the pond, the trails, the people (definitely the swimmers), the creatures, and perhaps the story of Thoreau. ♡ Walden P.S. keep the dogs and horses at home... not allowed in the park.
  • Walden Pond, managed by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, is a destination for recreation including swimming, paddle-boarding, walking, jogging and fishing. It's not a place for solitude or quiet reflection. If you want that you'll need to find some other pond. But the area is well preserved and cared for and if you are patient you can sometimes find a quiet spot to reflect on how Thoreau reached out from his small cabin and touched people across time and around the world. It's well worth the visit.
  • Parking really achievable, and no other costs. Great lake, and you can even be relatively alone, if you walk around a little. Completely did not expect a real sand beach inland! Very nice to acquire a sunburn and enjoy the shallow warm water. Lifeguard on duty during school holidays only, it seems. so you are more free to swim beyond the lines, when there is none.
  • Nice and quiet place to come with family and friends. Lifeguards on duty during the time I was there. I could not find trans cans but I asked and they have a Carry-in carry-out trash policy, I like that. Parking is a problem, plan well ahead. The area around is great if you like biking, better than driving a car.
  • Great swimming spot! The parking lot fills up fast so get there early or better yet get dropped off. The main beach can get crowded, there are many spots around the lake that have nice beach front and are quiet. Clear waters make it the perfect summer place to cool off.