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Address: 915 Walden Street, 28 Maplewood St Watertown, Concord, MA 01742
Phone Number: 978 369 3254
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Fee: No
Activities: Picnicking, Hiking, Walking, Swimming
Description: In order to preserve the natural environment, visitors are limited at this...
In order to preserve the natural environment, visitors are limited at this site, where Thoreau wrote his famous essays.
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Crowded but Pleasant

We didn't explore the entire area, just parked and went straight to the actual pond. The beach was crowded and this was in October. I can only imagine the crowds during the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 1, 2015
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Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

We didn't explore the entire area, just parked and went straight to the actual pond. The beach was crowded and this was in October. I can only imagine the crowds during the summer. But we walked around the edge of the pond and that was a very pleasant walk. The pond is gorgeous. Crystal clear and surrounded by trees.

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Melbourne, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

I absolutely hated reading Walden in high school, but when we noticed it on the map, we had to see if it was really all that good, and it was! The walking path gave great views around the pond. The water was crystal clear and you could see the bottom! The remaining elements of the old cabin remain and people... More 

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Mississauga, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

Its nice place especially in summers. Lots of trees. Kids had great fun in swimming.Only not good , when there is too much humid, due to area gets smell. Otherwise, nice trails and of course again and again visiting this place rejuvenate you.

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Delray Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

I am a HUGE Thoreau buff and let me tell you. It was an amazing experience to see where he lived and the pond we spoke so highly off. The sight is amazing, it's almost as if he is still here, beckoning you to come and join him in his love of the outdoors. I never saw any sign of... More 

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Carlisle
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Walden Pond is a nice swimming area. You have to pay to park, but not to use the beach. There is a hiking trail all the way around the pond. There are many areas where you can swim besides the main beach, so if you want more seclusion it's available. The Thoreau cabin is an interesting place to visit. It's... More 

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Moorpark, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

Henry David Thoreau lived at Walden Pond from 1845-47 and was inspired to write "Walden." He wished to live 'deliberately.' What a spectacular thought! He didn't want to approach his death, discovering he hadn't lived. Wise words for all of us. We were both surprised to find that Walden Pond was much larger than either of us expected. It's incredibly... More 

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Sudbury, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

Icon New England spot. I'd suggest going when in the Fall or Spring, or late on a summer day. Take a hike around the pond, and find a spot on the other side of the pond to relax, away from the crowds.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

It's a historical location and now run by the MA state parks organization, you now must pay for parking, just like the national parks.

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

Yes, I went. Actually by accident very early one morning on the way to something else. Its lovely but so incredibly beaten down. The poor shoreline has been abused by all our feet-mine included. I also learned that as this is a "kettle pond" the water gets very polluted from all the swimmers. Seems to me that at the very... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

I would definitely recommend a walk around here! It's such a beautiful, quiet place, and the scenery is amazing.

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