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Walden Pond State Reservation, Concord

Categories: State Parks, Historic Sites, Nature & Parks, Tourist Spots
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4.5/5 based on 440+ reviews on the web
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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  • We enjoyed a great hike around the pond; loved seeing the beauty of nature! The walk to the site of Thoreau's cabin is very easy, but it is worthwhile to do the full loop around the pond. A bookstore ...  read more »
  • We drove out to Concord and went to Waldon Pond. What a treat. Perfect day, 80' and no clouds. We walked around the pond, visited remains of Thoreau's home, talked to a lot of happy people. My only re...  read more »
  • If you park and start the trail you may think this is not so lovely. If you go futher on the trail you will be amazed at the beauty. Take the time to go further on the trail it is better and worth it. 
  • 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.
  • Gorgeous spot to swim. Water is nice and the bottom isn't mushy. It's open and has a quiet feel. Great for kids too since there are lifeguards.
  • Anyone who's read Thoreau's Walden owes it to themselves to visit the pond. Beautiful and peaceful, with a nice trail around the pond with a marker at the cabin site. There's also a replica of the cabin across the street near the parking lot.
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