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Walden Pond Path is a 1.7 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Concord, Massachusetts that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from April until October.

Length 1.7 mi Elevation gain 49 ft Route type Loop

Kid friendly

Hiking

Nature trips

Walking

Bird watching

Beach

Forest

Lake

Views

Wildlife

Bugs

Snow

Fee

No dogs

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Walden Pond is a kettle pond famous for being home to Henry David Thoreau. Part of the Massachusetts Forests and Parks system, Walden Pond State Reservation includes 335 acres of protected open space so that visitors from near and far may come to experience the pond that inspired Thoreau. In summer the Reservation is a popular swimming destination. In the spring and fall, many people hike the trails that ring the pond and visit the replica of Thoreau's one-room cabin. Year round interpretive programs and guided walks are offered as well as a gift shop, bookstore and the Tsongas gallery. Parking fee: $8/$15 (in-state/out-of-state) Enforced May 26, 2019 - Sept 3, 2019. Fee is waived with DCR pass.

Big parking lot which does fill up on nice summer days, then no walk-ins. $8/car for residents, $10 for out-of-state. Mass ParkPass is accepted. Gift shop and toilettes on site. There is a boat launch with a separate dirt parking lot, marked by a gate on the right side, south of the main gate. No dogs, no bikes, no gasoline boat engines.

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Tejal Shah
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Allie Henke
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Hiking

Crowded. People going the wrong way. Still nice

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Raj upreti
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Ed Tobin
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RunningFee

Beware crowds near Walden pond

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Sarah Cowen
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Samantha Pinheiro
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Walking

This would have been a 5 star for me if not for the trail being a narrow, fenced in one way. It is really annoying when you are trying to enjoy your walk and have people rush up behind you or go too slow in front of you and theres nowhere to move to. The water is breathtakingly clear, theres a cute little beach and no litter in sight. Lots of shade from the trees and fun little stone stops to look at the pond. Overall, I enjoyed my visit.

Stephanie Scarcella
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Hiking

We went off this trail but made our own based off this route. Highly recommend this area- beautiful and warm! Dry, some gnats near the pond but beautiful. Once away from the pond there are very few people

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Irchik Kolesnikova
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HikingFee

Fantastic trail, great views, fresh air in the forest. Due to one way road around the pond, the total length of a hike is 5.6 miles.

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Nancy Shaw
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Hiking

Trail is enclosed with a confining wire fence, so difficult to enjoy nature Thoreau style. Sadly entire park has become too touristy and overpopulated.

Venkata Gedala
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Hiking

Great trail. It’s difficult to manage with kids as the trail path is narrow with fence both sides. Fence is rusty and should be careful with kids. We loved trail and son 5 year old had fun

Josh Ransom
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I'll change my review after COVID19 is over, because normally this is a 4 star path. Today was not a good hike. Multiple people were going the wrong way on the one way, many we're not respecting social distancing, and no one was wearing masks. We definitely will not be returning until there are no new cases.

Natalie M
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HikingFlooded

We had to cut out part of the trail along the river for it being closed due to flooding, otherwise great trail system. I would rate it as easy rather than moderate

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Jessica Vanderslice
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HikingBugs

Beautiful trail. Make sure you apply bug spray, it’s very buggy in some areas. Love having the different trail to go up and down on.

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Fiona Guan
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Hiking

Very narrow trail and so much mosquitos

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Ellen Baldwin
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Hiking

Super crowded

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Patrick Swann
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Hiking

Learned how beautiful dead trees can be.

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Lisa Heard
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HikingBugs

Is a nice trail very nice views. Enjoyed going off the main track.

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Jackie User
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Hiking

An American classic. The historical element is super neat. The trail is beautiful if you can deal with the close cut of the rails. there are a lot of bugs and you are not allowed to bring dogs onto the premises. That is a year-round policy.

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Cyndi L.
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HikingFee

The main pond loop is narrow and lined on both sides by a wire fence. This fence is obviously necessary and in place to keep people from creating new trails. However the path is very narrow and with the hundreds of people following this loop, you will feel like cattle.

Eli King
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Hiking

Alternate pond loop needed better signage

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Patrick Swann
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Hiking

Not well marked so you will AllTrails. Very scenic.

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Kevin Gulden
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Hiking

Fun to make Walden Pond a destination hike. We followed the white Bay markers. Then around the pond and back. We’d do it again.

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Stacey Markovic
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Hiking

Ice covering a lot of areas that don’t see the sun. So calm though with the layer of snow. Highly recommend exploring outside of just the pond - Heywood’s Meadow and Goose pond!

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Matt M.
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Greg Silva
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Joanne Pratt
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Hiking

Simply beautiful walk around the pond today!!

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Carter Delloro
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Hiking

Cool.

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