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Walden Pond State Reservation

662 Reviews

Walden Pond State Reservation

662 Reviews
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US$476.50 per adult
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915 Walden St 28 Maplewood St Watertown, Concord, MA 01742-4511
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Joyce R wrote a review Sep 2020
North Kingstown, Rhode Island119 contributions18 helpful votes
Our goal was to see the new visitor center but it was closed due to Covid 19. We had walked on the Emerson Thoreau Amble from Emerson’s home in Concord. It was a long walk before we reached the the actual pond. So different from how it used to be There is now a gravel path around the pond too manicured for me. And lots of traffic and noise, not the quiet walk we were anticipating. Somewhat disappointing.
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Date of experience: September 2020
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MS06 wrote a review Jun 2020
Boston1,340 contributions224 helpful votes
Went for a pleasant walk around the pond, which took less than an hour. Even though it was mid week the parking lot was very crowded, but most people were there for the beach. It's $8 to park (pay at a machine) for MA residents, and I saw cars without the parking sticker on display being ticketed.
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Date of experience: May 2020
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Bryan A wrote a review May 2020
Concord, California28 contributions7 helpful votes
For those who would be curious and open to explore this fantastic historical state reservation, the benefits to expand and explore the possibilities of the simplicities of nature and the human spirit are both inspiring and invigorating. Especially during the Fall months when the leaves in the New England area are at their peak of changing colors. The leaves in Eastern Mass were nowhere near their full vibrancy last Fall, but my visit to the pond, shoppe, and visitors center was nevertheless beautiful, enjoyable, fun, informative, peaceful, refreshing, relaxing, and vibrant. Very much an inspiring and invigorating experience! Paid parking is available at the visitors center, and is the best place to avoid receiving any citations for parking off the road(Apparently due to the COVID-19 pandemic, parking fees may still be waived). Much has changed from the time when Mr. Henry David Thoreau called the area home and explored its secrets... maybe you can take the time to separate yourself from the current happenings to discover the secrets for yourself. Or get reacquainted with them... Transcendental? That is up for each individual to make that determination. Highly recommended!
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Keith H wrote a review Apr 2020
Lexington, Massachusetts165 contributions82 helpful votes
My girlfriend and I went here at the end of April, 2020. Lots of things are closed due to the Corona virus, but this state park remains open. I believe the visitor center is closed at present because of the virus. But the park itself is open. And parking fees are being waived across all state parks, including Walden Pond, during the Corona Virus... invasion. As far as the park itself goes, it's a nice walk. The trail is very well marked and it's one-way around the lake (counter-clockwise). With an occasional stop, it takes about an hour to finish the loop around the pond. With everything else being shut down because of the virus, this is a great way to spend a sunny morning!
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Date of experience: April 2020
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Edyta O wrote a review Apr 2020
Boston, Massachusetts611 contributions40 helpful votes
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This is well known area for a nature walk and summer swim and a famous place to visit to ponder Henry David Thoreau's book "The Walden". The Pond itself is not very large and can be walked around using nature trails in about an hour, offering nice views. Walden Pond is quite popular in the summer as it offers a small sandy beach where you can swim in the lake and a couple of tables for picnics. Across the road a large parking area fills in quickly in season, with restrooms and a store with nature information and details of Henry David Thoreau's life and experience at Walden (all closed out of season). As this is a part of State Park there are fees in the summer for parking. Out of season it is a nice place for a quiet nature walk which I highly recommend.
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Date of experience: April 2020
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