Walden Pond State Reservation

EASY 75 reviews

Walden Pond State Reservation 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 birding and is best used from April until October.

DISTANCE
1.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
42 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

beach

forest

lake

views

wildlife

bugs

snow

no dogs

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. $5 Parking Fee

walking
1 month ago

trail and beach both make a great walk. easier to rest and enjoy the view on beach, perfect for a snack. very clean and popular but not busy when i visted on a beautiful early winter saturday. folks on kayaks and fisherman looked like they were having the most fun.

walking
2 months ago

wicked coooool

walking
2 months ago

Nice spot but way too crowded. Have to pay to park unless you have a DCR pass. It’s very pretty and historical but it’s like walking around on a busy street in Boston . I was here on Friday. It must be a zoo on the weekend

hiking
2 months ago

Easy walk on the beach or by dirt path around the pond. Path isn't very wide at times.

hiking
5 months ago

Walden Pond is a fun little hike for all ages and abilities, I hiked this trail with my parents when I was 6 years old and I still hike it now. Hiking the loop and then changing into a swim suit and enjoying the water makes for a good day.

6 months ago

Awesome trail, but is usually pretty busy during the summer months. Walden is truly iconic, don't forget to take a dip while you're there!

hiking
8 months ago

Fence around the loop unless you want to walk down on the beach. Like everywhere else in MA, it costs money to park. Given the other stuff that's nearby, I wouldn't go back.

8 months ago

Great trail for an easy and scenic run.

hiking
Monday, October 31, 2016

Easy and very serene hike near a beautiful pond.

walking
Thursday, September 15, 2016

Love this place. We are seniors and bought pass for $9 I think which allows parking in all DCR property.

hiking
Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Parking is now $8 for MA residents and there are fewer spots due to construction of the new visitors center. Water level is lowest I've seen, and you can still walk around the pond on the shoreline. Mosquitoes are already out in full force but they're still young and not biting.

walking
Saturday, January 02, 2016

Anyone that reads Thoreau must see Walden Pond. Its an easy hike around the famous lake. A replica cabin is also a feature worth seeing.

Wednesday, November 04, 2015

Nice, relaxing place to swim, fish, or walk.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Walden pond is a beautiful place and its waters are quite clear and lovely to swim in. The trail around the lake only takes about half an hour to walk around, but it's a lovely little trail and it's great to walk before taking a dip.

birding
Sunday, August 09, 2015

Picturesque and peaceful walk around the pond.

hiking
Tuesday, November 04, 2014

Such a great area. I just visited my sister in Boston, and we decided to go check out Walden Pond. It was amazing to take in the same views that Thoreau experienced as he was writing his classic book. The fall foliage was beautiful, and made for a very picturesque landscape. If you are in the area, definitely check this one out.

hiking
Friday, October 17, 2014

Walden Pond can turn out to be either a great experience or a complete bust. It gets SUPER crowded in the summer. Like, you have to get here before 9am or you'll be turned away - and that means no walk-ins, no bike-ins, nada. Parking is $5, like already mentioned, but the Mass ParkPass works - that's the one that costs $35 and lets you get into any state park for free. The trail is VERY well traveled and gets muddy in spring/fall from all the activity. By the way, NO JOGGING ALLOWED! The pond is a hotspot for triathlon activity, so you'll see a lot of swimmers. Lots of fishing (and it's pretty great!) and kayaking. So, if you are looking for tranquility, find it elsewhere, OR: get off the beaten path. There is Goose Pond Trail leaving right from behind the main parking lot. On the other side of the pond, cross the railroad tracks and you'll find yourself in Adams Land/Wright Woods - plenty of awesome trails here, you can trot down to Fairhaven Bay on the Concord River and take in the nature in pretty much complete solitude, save for a kayaker or two.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Wonderful place!
I highly recommend reading Henry David Thoreau's book before going, it's just adds to the magic.
It's huge crystal clear blue pond and you can swim anywhere around it. When we set up we walked to the other side of pond away from main beach and went swimming. It's was beautiful. There was also hiking areas all around it and historical information.
Highly recommended!!
Parking - $5 for MA residents and $10 for out of state

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Important note: out-of-state parking fee is $10, $5 for MA residents. Didn't know that until we got there. The gift shop is great and full of Thoreau memorabilia. The replica of his house is really intriguing as well. I'm a huge Thoreau fan so to finally be at Walden Pond was a really spiritual experience for me. Yes, it's a beach so there's going to be a lot of people, but it doesn't take away from the experience. Take a walk around the lake to visit the site of HDT's house and take pictures of the sign with one of his quotes on it. The water was so nice and warm. I didn't bring a suit, but I went in up to my knees and it felt really nice. Take some time for contemplation on the shore.

hiking
Saturday, November 23, 2013

Great place for an easy amble. Wonderful history. Nice to place to swim especially if you go in not near the main beach. May be crowded on a nice day.

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