Walden Pond State Reservation, Concord

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The scenic Walden Pond State Reservation is a popular site for reflecting on nature and learning about conservation history. Writer and philosopher Henry David Thoreau lived here from 1845 to 1848, inspiring his book "Walden," which helped garner respect for the environment in the United States. The legacy of Thoreau and his book enabled the pond to achieve National Historic Landmark status, and it is credited as the conservation movement's birthplace. You can visit a replica of where Thoreau lived and follow a hiking trail to the site of the original cabin. Explore the surrounding forest, and, if weather permits, enjoy a dip in the clean pond water. In keeping with conservation efforts, the number of daily visitors is limited. To visit Walden Pond State Reservation on your holiday in Concord, and find out what else Concord has to offer, use our Concord trip planner .
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  • We were in the area for another purpose and the reservation was just up the road. I am so glad we took the time to visit! Very serene and beautiful. The park is extremely well-kept. The visitor's cent...  more »
  • Great place to stop by for people of any age. Walking paths, sand to relax in, clean and beautiful. Great for a quick stop, or to spend an entire day!  more »
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  • A thrill for any English major! It's humbling to walk through the same woods where Thoreau wrote Walden. There is a replica of his cabin by the parking lot with a guest book to sign, and the actual cabin site is marked one one of the trails. Highly recommended!
  • Love this place !! Even though I never got a chance to swim here (the timings are little strict and can change with respect to sunsets), there's so much I like about this place. The views are beautiful. The pond glimmers an amazing blue on a bright day. There are trails around it (beware of ticks though). And there's a Thoreau museum right across the street. The parking is paid but very convenient. And this place is a very short drive (through some really scenic routes) if you hail from Boston !

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