Henry David Thoreau, the father of the conservationist movement called Walden Pond his home from July 1845 to September 1847. It was the natural beauty of the surrounding environment that encouraged Thoreau to write "Walden" a work that inspired a re-think in our general awareness and respect for nature. It has been designated a National Historic Landmark to safeguard its important legacy. Visitors can come to take part in educational programs or simply swim, walk and soak up the lovely surroundings.
Things to Do
- The Walden Pond is a 335 acre area of protected space surrounded by the larger 2680 acre area of forest known as Walden Wood. There is plenty to do at Walden Pond.
- It is a popular destination to go swimming while there are also trails to go hiking.
- There is a boat launch for canoes & kayaks. Cars can park near the launch or across the street in the primary parking area.
- There is a replica of Henry David Thoreau's one room cabin which you are welcome to visit.
- There are interpretive programs an guided walks offered year round. In the winter you can cross-country ski and snow-shoe.
- If you want to buy some souvenirs there is a gift shop too.
Walden Pond Insider Tips
- Before you go along to Walden Pond you should take a look at their trails map. You can also learn about the life of Henry David Thoreau and the nature and history of the area by reading their brochure.
- Visitors are limited so as not to spoil the beauty of the Pond's natural environment. Once 1,000 visitors enter no more will be allowed to pass, so get there early!
- The Reservation does not allow visitors to bring dogs, camp, cycle on the trails, have grills or hunt on the grounds.
- There is a daily parking fee of $5.