Walden Pond State Reservation

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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
104 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

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walking
21 days ago

wicked coooool

walking
22 days 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
26 days ago

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

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3 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.

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4 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!

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