Walden Pond

Best known through Henry David Thoreau’s Walden, Walden Pond and the surrounding Walden Woods was a favorite destination for walks by local Concord Transcendentalists Thoreau and Ralph Waldo Emerson. Thoreau’s writings inspired respect for nature and even, some consider, the birth of the conservation movement. Today, Walden Pond comprises the heart of the Walden Pond State Reservation and is designated a National Historic Landmark, ensuring that visitors can enjoy the area as Thoreau once did.
Sometimes described as a “philosopher-naturalist,” Thoreau had both broad and deep interests in nature and his readings spanned wide-ranging subjects, including Eastern philosophy, Greek mythology, poetry, agriculture, and science. He recorded his observations about nature—both descriptive and philosophical—in journal entries that later became a source of material for lectures, essays, and books. Like his mentor Emerson, Thoreau looked to nature for a meaningful connection between the physical, symbolic, and spiritual worlds. In order to fully realize this connection, Thoreau decided to engage in an experiment. He would attempt to live closer to nature by moving into the woods owned by his friend Ralph Waldo Emerson—a natural setting that he loved and home of Walden Pond. There, Thoreau built a cabin near Walden Pond and moved in on July 4, 1845. He described his reflections and observations of his time at the pond in vivid detail in Walden (excerpted above), a work now considered an American classic for its profound insights into living more simply and in deeper communication with nature.

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Concord, MA


Frank B.   September 9, 2021
An absolute treasure NOT to be missed if your are in the area. It literally took about an hour to walk around the pond. Parking is so easy, costs about $30...
Cecilia Lemus   August 30, 2021
Akhil Vijay   August 15, 2021
Loved it. Water is clean. Great place to swim or kayak
fabio dos santos francisco   August 2, 2021
Very good
Adrienne N.   July 30, 2021
Beautiful pond and had so much space to chill by the water. Definitely worth taking a trip out here to a family-orientated and historic location. Can't wait...
Graham Gibbs   July 19, 2021
Beautifully done interactive and educational visitor’s center near the pond.
Anna Justis   July 1, 2021
A great beach for swimming or a nice hike.
Ashley Fearon   June 30, 2021
So beautiful and clean water.
Rachel Diaz   June 29, 2021
Love it here.
Anibal Alvarado   June 28, 2021
Gouri Rao   June 27, 2021
Nice pond.
William G.   June 17, 2021
Walden is the best open body of water for open water swimming in MA in my opinion. It is a great size where it feels big enough to go out and back and feel...
Betty Elrod   June 6, 2021
It’s the best place ever
Grant   April 3, 2021
Very beautiful place. I wish that soon enough, that they put trash cans there. There's nowhere to put your trash. Also, be aware that it is full of flying bugs there. I recommend you to wear long pants or use bug spray.
Mary W.   March 23, 2021
I have spent so much of my 29 years here, I grew up in Belmont and had the luxury of being 10 minutes away, even taking school trips when I was a youngin'. I have so many memories, but my favorite part of the pond? About 3/4 of the way, you come around a bend with a small beach, and the water is always BRIGHT turquoise. Its an incredible area. Can't believe its so close!!
Pamela Harrington   February 11, 2021
I love this place!!!! I used to come here every summer growing up!!!! Get a few swims in & bask in the sun for a few hours then get back to Framingham Mass
Yutong Si   January 31, 2021
Such a wonderful place!
Erin Anne   January 11, 2021
Nice easy hike with a beautiful view of the pond and interesting history.
Steve Neely   November 9, 2020
Great place for a loop around the pond . Birth place of the environmental movement. Very nice visitors center very peaceful
Mallory D.   October 20, 2020
There's nothing like a trip to Walden Pond to make you happy to be alive. Although some spots like Thoreau's cabin and the gift shop were closed, the...
Eduardo Mace   September 29, 2020
I like it, eventhough it was crowded. Just be aware that the Park does not accept pets and parking spaces are hard to get.
Lux Llama Productions   September 25, 2020
Amazing place to go to, water is really nice too to swim in
Jake Baker   September 18, 2020
Great place to explore. Water very clear and pleasant to swim in. Small beach and path around Walden are nice. During summer month weekends, plan on getting there early to claim parking spots. Often times parking lot closed by 9am due to lot capacity I've seen.
Karen Y.   August 28, 2020
Bring your swimsuits! A little rocky but cleaner than the ocean we did the day before. We were lucky to catch the gift shop open this particular day but...
Olga Talroze   August 26, 2020
Amazing water well organized clean . Not everyone wearing masks but you can find enough space to be distanced. However parking fills up sooper quickly you have to follow Twitter updates.
Chris M.   August 19, 2020
Saturday afternoon we stopped by the Walden Pond State Reservation. There was plenty of parking. Granted it was a cloudy day. I would like to see what it...
Jason Bice   August 15, 2020
This place is magical.
Harvey Willson   July 31, 2020
Grew up swimming here. Still like it even through all the changes.
M T   July 18, 2020
Great place but Parking filled up too quick before noon. Makes it impossible to enjoy the place.
Karima Z.   July 18, 2020
The reservation itself is breathtaking. The pond is so clear and warm; it is perfect to swim in. The trails are clean and great for hikes. However, people...
Krishna Basnet   July 2, 2020
Beautiful place nature god gift.big pond just cross of road very good place for swimming and fishing nice and clear water.big parking lot and full of security...
Brock Clark   June 26, 2020
Nice spot but been busy be safe 50 50 on mask protection when near water
Todd E.   June 26, 2020
So let's start with this, Walden Pond, the pond, the water, always gets 5 stars!! Minus one star because the MassDCR could be doing more to clean up the...
Terry B.   May 10, 2020
Years ago I had read that Walden Pond had been so overdeveloped that you could not get the sense of Thoreau's writings while visiting. In 1978, we made our...
Ajit Vyas   December 27, 2019
Lovely historic pond, made famous by the writings of Henry David Thoreau. See a recreation of the cabin he lived in and other historic markers of his time there. Easy to park, short trails nearby to walk around the pond.