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Walden Pond State Reservation

915 Walden St, 28 Maplewood St Watertown, Concord, MA 01742-4511
+1 978-369-3254
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Nice walk in the woods near the lake.

A nice place to visit and go for a walk and I imagine it must get crowded during the summer as the... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
tinaNtravel
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San Jose, California
A Favorite for Many Visitors to Concord, MA

Walden Pond was the site of Henry David Thoreau's cabin in the 1845. Although the cabin is no... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
ENP10
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Concord, Massachusetts
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In order to preserve the natural environment, visitors are limited at this site, where Thoreau wrote his famous essays.
  • Excellent62%
  • Very good27%
  • Average8%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
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915 Walden St, 28 Maplewood St Watertown, Concord, MA 01742-4511
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A nice place to visit and go for a walk and I imagine it must get crowded during the summer as the lake is surrounded by beach area and has 3 trails, one on the beach, one just off the beach for walking only and...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Walden Pond was the site of Henry David Thoreau's cabin in the 1845. Although the cabin is no longer standing, the site is still much the same as it was in 1845-46. Park in the large parking lot (there is a charge) and plan on...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Many people think of Walden as a place to go in the summer. However, it is even better in the spring, fall and winter, when the crowds are gone and where walkers can be seen around the pond in deep thought, enjoying the silence of...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Recently revisited this state park. A nice hour stroll around the lake, with a cute reproduction of Thoreau's cabin. Walk on one of the uphill trails to avoid flies along the lakeshore

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I love Walden Pond. The water is clear and great for swimming, the surroundings are beautiful and the history is interesting. The beach is variable, these days there is quite a bit of sand but some years very little. The reason it isn't a 5...More

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Reviewed March 4, 2018 via mobile

Visited on a Saturday afternoon. Walked the 1.7 mile trail around the pond. Also visited the site of the cabin. Be advised that the Visitor Center closes at 3:30 pm. Bathrooms open til 5:00 pm.

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Reviewed February 20, 2018 via mobile

We enjoyed an easy snow shoe hike after a recent snow fall. Very picturesque. Well marked trail. Great visitors center and public restrooms. The parking fee was a bit steep at $15 for an out of state plate.

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Reviewed January 22, 2018

Lovely walk to commune with Thoreau's nature. Heavy use as a swimming destination in summer has compromised the rustic feel in Summer. Still worth a visit

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Reviewed January 15, 2018

We've walked around this tranquil pond for decades. Erosion has forced the construction of many fences that compromise the rustic feel, but it's still a great walk in the woods. Equally, it's still a great way to pay homage to Henry David Thoreau, who wrote...More

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Reviewed January 6, 2018

Walden Pond is a special place, in part due to it's history as the birthplace of the 'environmental awareness' movement and because of it's sheer beauty. I've visited in three seasons - winter, summer, and fall - and always leave feeling more connected to what's...More

Thank Dom B
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Cecile T
August 12, 2017|
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Response from Gumgrove | Reviewed this property |
I do not know. We arrived very early and parked very close to the Visitors Center.
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MicheleJ60
July 19, 2017|
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Response from Eur0pe2013 | Reviewed this property |
No, dogs are not allowed, however during the off season I have seen some there. In terms of kayaking, others have answered your question in good detail about cleaning your kayak before using it in Walden Pond, etc. i do not... More
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Barb W
July 1, 2017|
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Response from rkreilly | Reviewed this property |
Yes, it is a very well carved, smooth dirt path around the lake. You can get to the replica of Thoreau's cabin on a gravel trail, but the rest is dirt and leaves, but a very easy trail to maneuver.
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