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Walden Pond State Reservation
Walden Pond State Reservation
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One of the most peaceful places around Boston is Walden Pond State Reservation. It has a one-room replica of Thoreau’s cabin. Thoreau’s bed, chair and desk are displayed at Concord Museum.

Henry David Thoreau lived at the cabin at Walden Pond from July 1845 to September 1847. During this time he perceived a new awareness and respect for the natural environment, the basis of his book ‘Walden’.

Thoreau’s mentor Ralph Waldo Emerson allowed him use of land at the pond’s north side for his experiment. Early an amusement park was built and operated on the western end of the pond until it burned down in 1902, and never rebuilt.

Walden Pond State Reservation is part of the state parks system. Park interpreters provide tours and educational programs. The historic reservation is popular for swimming during summer. Trails around the pond are heavily used during Spring and Fall.

Canoes and boats are permitted on the pond but only electric motors. Fishing is permitted in the pond. There is picnicking, beaches and restrooms. Winter has cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. There are no trash barrels with a carry in carry out policy.

Walden Pond is a lake in Concord Massachusetts formed by retreating glaciers producing a 102’ deep kettle hole pond. It is considered birthplace of the conservation monument with National Historic Landmark status. Walden Pond State Reservation is near Concord in the Boston area. It is 24 miles north west of Boston, 215 miles north east of New York City, and 168 miles east of Albany NY.

Three miles north of Walden Pond is North Bridge of Minute Man National Historic Park. North Bridge Park is site of the first successful resistance to British rule in America. A visitor center overlooks a reconstructed bridge and Daniel Chester’s French’s minuteman statue.

The majority of Minute Man National Historic Park is a narrow strip of land on route 2A, Battle Road. The parks visitor center is at the east end off route 128. This park memorializes opening battles of America’s War for Independence that occurred on a 24-mile hilly stretch between Boston and Concord.

Concord MA is a town known as playing an important role in American History. Its population currently is 17,668, accessible by route 119 and Lexington Road, route 2A. In addition to its contribution to our countries beginning it had a significant effect on literature from authors of Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau and Louisa May Alcott.

915 Walden St.
Concord, Lincoln
Daily Parking Fee
Residents $5.00
Non-residents $10.00

Walden Pond is a 6 hour drive of 384 miles from Rochester NY. Drive east on I-90 Thruway past Albany into Massachusetts, toward Boston. Nearing Worcester drive north on US 290 then US 495 north and east on Cambridge Turnpike (route 2) following signs to Minute Man National Historical Park.

A recent visitor made the following comment.
“This place still has the magic of the Thoreau book.”

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