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My family and I set out on this hike today (mid September). We have to say that, though this is a lovely place, we did not find it to be really kid friendly. The trails were narrow in parts with enough poison ivy to make us turn back at points, though our kids were in shorts. There were many signs warning about ticks. We took care, using our own insect repellent and that kindly left at the start of the trail, we still found a couple on us when we got home. The paths were well marked in the Concord area but less so once we left that part of the park. In fact, a good section of the walk, over Hubbard Hill, seemed to leave the paths completely in violation of the signs outlining the private land owner’s wishes. To sum up, this is a beautiful place but, mainly because we had to be constantly on the look out with the kids, it wasn’t a relaxing experience.

Wrapped in the real America...not tRUMPs amerika
You can feel the history on every trail and every building

walking
25 days ago

What an interesting place with so much water lillies in the impoundment. As for wildlife, we saw a blue heron, an egret, swan and plenty of ducks. For such a nature's paradise, I would expected the place to attract even more exotic wildlife.

I plan on returning under better condition, like earlier in the morning when all the water lilies are blooming. Even still it was a memorable walk. I especially like the observation boardwalk on Main Dike trail.

great spot for a sunny afternoon. crowds should be expected.

A nice trail to walk and to take a swim. It is quite scenic but it is hard to find much wildlife due to the crowd. The visitor center is really nice and don't miss Henry David Thoreau's hut.

walking
1 month ago

Nice easy walk, beautiful area. Was there on a Saturday and it wasn't too crowded. People were nice and courteous. It was fun to learn as we walked! Brought my pup with me but kept him on leash, he had fun exploring the trail as well. Will definitely be back again.

Lovely spot; open woodlands, beautiful marshes and ponds. Very few other people there on a warm June Saturday. Easy parking on Monument Street. Highly recommended!

Punkatasset is a great place to run or to have an easy hike. The loop itself has several trails branching off, though the main alternate is Estabrook Trail, which leads directly north into Carlisle, and ends on to Kibby Pl. It's surprisingly low traffic, and can be a good place to see snakes (lots of wetlands in here), birds, and other wildlife. Note that most of the small trails off of Estabrook Trail end into private property. There's not much parking from Monument Rd in Concord - just along the side of the street. From the Carlisle side, you can park on Kibby Pl without issue.

hiking
2 months ago

Poorly advertised as dog friendly. The access trail to this trail is not dog friendly and therefore should not be considered or advertised to be as such.

hiking
2 months ago

Took this loop but explored off the trail in several places. Lovely light hike - saw very few people -3 runners, surprising for a beautiful Saturday. The Concord River is lovely- can swim at the bay about midway through the loop.

Very easy walk for a lazy walker. Great for biking and for the family great for kids to explore. Perfect easy trail for family.

hiking
3 months ago

Hike was lots of fun! Great views of lake and Sudbury river. Lots of people walking dogs too, so that was a plus.

Super trail!

Fabulous property co-owned by the Towns of Concord, Carlisle, and Harvard University. Although the Harvard property is privately owned, it's open to the public. Good thing as the history in this place is through the roof! Head up the Spruce Trail and check out the Saw Mill ruins then continue north to see the ruins of a colonial era lime kiln and a lime quarry. All this surrounded by glacial moraines, eskers, erratics, and drumlins. It's wonderful! Oh, and did I mention, Henry Thoreau is said to have wandered through these woods too!!!

hiking
4 months ago

Grew up just down the street from here. Now living on the West Coast. Back for a visit in summer 2017. Just like I remembered it. Beautiful scenery and wildlife.
When I was very young there was an otter enclosure in the water. Glad to see that's gone.

Love this very easy trail. There’s more than just the loop around the pond. One can expand the hike up into the hills above the pond. Be sure to check out the old cabin site.

I walked around Walden Pond, last night, in the rain. It was a transcendent experience. If you have not already, please read Walden by Henry David Thoreau, before visiting this pond.

I parked at Walden pond and was able to get to Wright Forest very easily. It was nice that all of the trails were connected. The map on the app helped a lot to find the interconnected trails.

Nice, easy walk around Walden Pond, great views of the water.

Easy to get to, beautiful trail, need the GPS to navigate.

hiking
9 months ago

Very pretty trail in Concord Mass. l

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.

on Fairhaven Trail Loop

hiking
9 months ago

Just and FYI... since we Didn’t actually get to walk the trail. We were here with our dogs. The trail head/ parking begins at the Walden Pond boat launch. Dogs are not permitted on the portion of Trail from the boat launch parking along the south edge of Walden Pond.

walking
10 months ago

wicked coooool

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

walking
10 months ago

The short walk by the Old Manse and over the Old North Bridge has been one of my favorites for almost as long as I can remember, going back to when my family and I lived in the area for several years when I was young. I love the historical significance, as well as the personal memories it brings back for me. Fortunately, I have returned to visit a number of times over the years.

walking
10 months ago

Living just a couple miles away in Lincoln many years ago, my family and I often took advantage of our proximity to Minute Man NHP and the many historical sites. I always enjoyed learning about the Revolutionary War while exploring this beautiful area.

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

hiking
11 months ago

Easy walk on mostly dirt and gravel.

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