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Walden Pond in Concord, Mass. Shines During the Fall Foliage Season

Walden Pond in Concord, MA during the fall.

Walden Pond during the fall.

Walden Pond State Reservation in Concord, Mass., is nice any time of the year, but it’s easier to “fall” in love with this idyllic spot during the New England fall foliage season.

Henry David Thoreau’s former home provides a wonderfully peaceful experience, most notable by taking a 45-minute walk around the placid pond that was formed more than 10,000 years ago by retreating glacier. Although most popular in the summer as a swimming destination, Walden Pond, to me, takes on its greatest personality in the fall when a walk around the pond reveals some fine colors during mid-October.

Walking a path at Walden Pond in Concord, Mass. during the fall season.

Walking a path at Walden Pond during the fall season.

The best bet to see great colors is from Columbus Day Weekend to perhaps a week later. I’d call Walden Pond State Reservation at (978) 369-3254 to get the latest fall foliage update. ¬†You never know with fall foliage; some seasons are great, some subpar, but whatever the case, Walden Pond’s beauty is constant.

Brilliant fall colors at Walden Pond in Concord, MA.

Brilliant fall colors at Walden Pond.

Of course, when visiting Walden Pond, don’t make your visit all about leaves. Concord and neighboring Lexington are beautiful New England town, filled with history (where the American Revolution all began) and things to do. You can read about more about Concord at our “40 Reasons to Visit Lexington and Concord” article. Good news, too: you’re also only about 40 minutes to Boston, one of America’s greatest cities!

Viewing Walden Pond in Concord, MA through the trees.

Viewing Walden Pond through the trees.

Walden Pond is located less than a mile from the Route 2 intersection on Route 126 south. Admission is cheap: $5 a car!

Sunshine through the trees at Walden Pond in Concord, mass.

Sunshine through the trees at Walden Pond.

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