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Four-Season Fun At Walden Pond In Concord, Mass.

Walden Pond photo, Concord, Mass.

A Fall Scene at Walden Pond, Concord, Mass. (photo by Eric H.)

For just  a $5.00 per car admission fee, Walden Pond State Reservation in Concord, Mass., turns out to be a “Thoreauly” wonderful scenic destination and value.

As the former home of American author and hermit Henry David Thoreau, Walden Pond, today, offers a swimming beach in the summer, an approximate 45-minute hiking trail around the pond, and canoeing and row boating, fishing, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing opportunities. No matter how crowded Walden Pond becomes — especially in the summer — the peaceful and tranquil presence of the shimmering pond provides a respite from the outside world. Perhaps that is why Thoreau lived here and modern-day visitors find Walden Pond a place to return to again and again.

Many ponds have just as good scenery, but there’s just something about Walden that offers an added special element that cannot be fully described, only visited. We especially enjoy the fall time when the crowds are a bit less, there’s a nice crisp feel to the air, and the foliage colors enhance an already glorious area.

Editor’s note: Walden Pond is open from 8 a.m. to sunset, which varies with the season. We recommend you first stop by the Visitor’s Center across from the pond at 915 Walden St., Concord (Tel. 978-369-3254). They can help you plan your visit!

To book a hotel near Walden Pond, visit our Concord MA Hotel Guide

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