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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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Beautiful anytime of the year

Beautiful anytime of the year- Walden Pond is iconic. The surrounding trails have multiple loops... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Boston, MA
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Walden Pond is a special Massachusetts gem

Walden pond is a beautiful place to visit year round. Folks swim in the crystal clear water in... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Jenn M
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In order to preserve the natural environment, visitors are limited at this site, where Thoreau wrote his famous essays.
  • Excellent61%
  • Very good27%
  • Average8%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible2%
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“original cabin” (23 reviews)
“parking lot” (49 reviews)
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
915 Walden St, 28 Maplewood St Watertown, Concord, MA 01742-4511
+1 978-369-3254

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Beautiful anytime of the year- Walden Pond is iconic. The surrounding trails have multiple loops that are easy to follow and provide lovely views of the pond. Normally, we go here to walk or mountain bike, so I’m not as familiar with the swimming. As...More

Thank 4kidsintow
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Walden pond is a beautiful place to visit year round. Folks swim in the crystal clear water in spring, summer and early fall. There is an easy 2 mile walking path around the pond. Views of the fall foliage are spectacular each year. Here you...More

Thank Jenn M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

There is a park there, but we really just went to see Walden Pond. That was more than enough for me.

Thank Ellesbells742
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The pond path is an easy 1.7 mile trail around Walden Pond and near the site of Thoreau's cabin. It is serene. The leaves of the trees were changing colors.

Thank Paul S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I first read of Walden Pond as a teenager and wanted to visit all these years. Some reviews said it is just a swimming hole. It's not JUST a swimming hole, but it is still, thankfully, a swimming hole. Parking is across the road for...More

1  Thank Livelikethelocals
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were in Boston for the day as a cruise stop. We rented a car near the cruise port and drove to Concord for the day. Walden Pond is a great place to visit. We went on a Monday in October, and it wasn't busy...More

1  Thank Buttercup1212
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were there on a beautiful sunny but crisp morning. It was beautiful and peaceful to look out at the water and walk around it's edge. A little off-season so be prepared to only have restrooms at the main visitor center.

Thank TravelingSister75
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

The pond is bigger than we expected. It's quite beautiful, and we enjoyed the changing colors of the foliage surrounding it. People were fishing and swimming there. I put my hand in the water, and it was much warmer than I expected at this time...More

1  Thank Rosemary W
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

An American naturalist, poet, historian stayed here for two years. There is replica of Thoreau's cabin and a statue near parking lots. Also new visitor center cross the street. Walking around the pond is pleasant and make sure to wear properly to prevent ticks. So...More

Thank Raimund C
Reviewed 17 October 2017 via mobile

Visiting the pond during Fall is really a highlight and also a study of Thoreau’s “Life in the Woods”.

1  Thank Lotte63buchert
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Cecile T
12 August 2017|
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Response from CrazyAboutAcadia | Reviewed this property |
Route 126 (one lane in each direction) crosses Route 2 (a major highway with two lanes in each direction). Walden Pond is on Route 126. You can park across (on the other side of) Route 2 in a small parking area on Route 126... More
19 July 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
Barb W
1 July 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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