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“worth an afternoon to walk around”

Walden Pond State Reservation
Ranked #4 of 31 things to do in Concord
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: In order to preserve the natural environment, visitors are limited at this site, where Thoreau wrote his famous essays.
Westford, Massachusetts
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38 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“worth an afternoon to walk around”
Reviewed March 16, 2013

It's been a while since I went, but it was worth it.
A bit of history, a bit of relaxation.
DON'T go on the weekend, almost too busy.

Visited October 2012
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
“Wonderful Walk”
Reviewed February 26, 2013

It is indeed a thrill to walk to the site of Thoreau's cabin on Walden Pond, to read the historic markers with his famous words, to add a stone of your own to the cairn, and to continue around the pond the pond, coming full circle.

It will take you about an hour or less. And you'll come away feeling like you've just sucked a little bit of marrow out of life.

Visited February 2013
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Inverness, Florida
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16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Worth the Trip”
Reviewed February 25, 2013

Walden Pond, the solitude spot for Henry David Thoreau, still has it's attraction. Unlike in Thoreau's time when it was just him and nature and the crystal clear pond. People are at the beach and of course kids are yelling as they play in the water having fun. But ignore all that and continue walking around the pond, in time the noise becomes faint and finally disappears as you travel a path around the pond.

The slower you walk the more you'll enjoy Walden, it always brings me back to the days of Thoreau and it's easy to see why he chose Walden Pond as his place of solitude. It's a free walk, of course you'll have to pay for parking but it well worth it and you deserve it so go check it out.

Visited July 2012
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New York
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114 reviews
35 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“A brief glimpse”
Reviewed February 25, 2013

We located the pond on a winter afternoon. The parking lot on the pond side was blocked off by chains and by snow. We just pulled over on the other side of the road and took a couple of quick pictures. We will have to go back in season to enjoy what other travelers have seen.

Visited February 2013
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Boston, Massachusetts
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72 reviews
32 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“Still beautiful after all these years, but not always tranquil”
Reviewed February 14, 2013

Historic nature! The pond is deep & beautiful & clean with a crowded beach in summer. As folks who live nearby, we love the walk around the pond; the site of Thorough's cabin, well marked, always draws us. Thoreau's reconstructed cabin in the parking lot is interesting in its tininess. The train tracks on the far side of the pond are still used by trains and once provided Thoreau's path into Concord for dinner with his family. Many people take the 30-40 minute walk around the pond, -and Rangers often reroute worn paths. Even the people-watching here is interesting: folks from all over the world. But no dogs allowed.

Visited May 2012
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