Fairhaven Trail Loop is a 6.4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Concord, Massachusetts that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Horses are also able to use this trail.

Length6.4 miElevation gain341 ftRoute typeLoop
kid friendlyCross-country skiingHikingHorseback ridingNature tripsWalkingBird watchingRunningBeachForestLakeRiverViewsWildflowersBugsNo dogs
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Vanessa Yu
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Snow packed down. Very icy. Lots of poop. Very nice views. Highly recommend!

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Lana Holman
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linda chang
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Atticus Scout
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Great hike once crossing out of Walden Pond.

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Holden Lewis
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Louise Penner
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Beautiful trail, amazing day.

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Trevor MacDonald
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Lisa Fran
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Great walk. Very busy.

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Norman Abbott
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Beautiful walk along Sudbury River

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Deb K
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Very diverse and interesting park. Very wet areas, so walked S... Rd to Bay Circuit Trail sign but unable to go far. Circled pond. Joan Angie Kathy Kathleen Kathleen Maria

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Don Willette
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Weekend trek with friend. Lots of dog walkers, some bikers. Nice views of river.

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Molly Jarman
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A great post-Thanksgiving walk. Crowded around Walden Pond, but trails were otherwise empty. A nice option for car-free city dwellers. Took MBTA commuter rail from North Station (Fitchburg line), and walked from Concord station to start at Fairhaven parking lot.

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Sybil Fetter
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Alan Starr
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betsy morrison
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Moderate hike mostly flat with some short climbs and descents. The blanket of leaves on the trail make it a little difficult to see roots, rocks but it was dry today so no slipping. People are respectful of social distancing and wearing masks when passing. Over all a great hike!!

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Ted Sung
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Bharat Desai
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Nancy Felsheim
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Parking is likely to be a sore spot at least during the summer. I arrived at the Walden Pond parking lot on a Saturday in August at 10:30 AM and the lot had already been closed. There are signs for no parking on the road for miles around. I had to cross Route 2 and fortunately found a free parking lot across from the Concord Carlisle High School by the Hapgood Wright Forest, about a 10 minute walk to the nearest Walden trailhead. Once on a trail I was able to connect with the Pond Loop Trail (and “begin” the mapped route). Note the Pond Loop Trail is one-way due to COVID so to make the full loop you have to walk back on the south shore of Pond Loop and not the way the map suggests. Once past the busy Walden beach area, the Fairhaven Trail is a pleasure with nice sightings of the Sudbury River. The walk along the shore of Fairhaven Bay by the boat house is divine. Surprisingly the bugs were not too bad even by the water.

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Bo Bennett
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I clocked this at about 5.5 miles not 6.5. During COVID, you need to go the other way around the pond, but about the same distance. Loved this walk.

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Nikki Thadani
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Nice trail for some isolation, especially once you get past Walden pond! Highly recommend bug spray. The boathouse is a nice stopping point for a little break midway.

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Adam Meyer
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Walden pond fills up early so make sure to plan appropriately. filled up at 930am on 6/25

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Marco Beltran
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Samantha Gambo
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Cut it a bit short, but the woods are gorgeous and paths are wide and clear. Great walk.

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Shahzad Bajwa
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Lovely walk in the woods!

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Justin Sofia
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Very wooded and secluded, much better than the Walden Pond area where there are lots of people. The trail is marked as one way because it’s too narrow for social distancing, so be mindful and aware of that. A lot of people not wearing masks and some who don’t care about distancing which is frustrating. But once you get out of the Walden pond area and cross the railroad tracks, it’s pretty secluded. There’s a nice spot along the river with a ledge and a boathouse, I recommend stopping there for a bit. All in all an excellent day hike.

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Michael Goldsbury
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HikingBugs

A nice forest trail located back from the often more crowded parts of Walden Pond. Very buggy this time of year, especially near the river. A lot of the trails right now are one-way only for social distancing, so the map for this isn't correct. You should complete the Pond Path loop when you come back out of the Wright Woods, rather than going back the way you came.

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D Nahh
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Nice manageable loop!

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Susan Denoncour
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Beautiful hike with views of the lake and woods. Easy to get off the trail but this app makes it easy to navigate. Gorgeous day

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Christine Drews
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Awesome trail! Beautiful mostly flat that meanders through the woods, along the river, and back around Walden Pond. One section was closed due to seasonal flooding but there were signs indicating an alternate trail to take.

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Adrienne OConnell
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Lovely hike. Swarms of little mosquito like flies around Walden pond. Beautiful alongside Sudbury river. Had to follow the app to stay on course.

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