Walden Pond

Walden Pond


Location: Concord, MA  Map

Info: (978) 369 3254

Area: 61 acres (25 ha)

Visitor Center

(978) 369 3254

915 Walden Stree, Concord

Henry David Thoreau

Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)


Description of Walden Pond

Walden Pond MapWalden Pond is located near Concord, Massachusetts state in USA. It covers an area of about 61 acres (25 ha). Walden Pond is most famous for its resident- Henry David Thoreau who lived on its shores for 2 years 2 months and 2 days starting with July of 1845 to September 1847. Here he wrote his famous Walden; on life in the Woods. “I lived here in the woods a mile from any neighbor in a house which I had built myself, on the shore of Walden Pond, in Concord Massachusetts, and earned my living by the labor of my hands only”. The remains of the original chimney were found in 1945 on the North shore of the Walden Pond. A new cabin was recreated in the modern times to the East of the original location. Additionally an amusement park was constructed on the Western shores of the lake, unfortunately it was burned down in 1902 and was never reconstructed.


Walden Pond was designated a National Historic Landmark and today is part of Massachusetts’ Walden Pond State Reservation that covers 2680 acres of Walden Woods. Unfortunately only a small quota of 1000 at a time is allowed in the park to minimize human impact and avoid congestion. It would be wise to call in advance to check for parking availability. The fee for a vehicle is $5 per day. You can to Walden Pond and spend time swimming, hiking through the Walden Woods, fishing and many others. There are few picnic locations as well as canoes and rowboats that can be taken to the centre of the lake. However keep in mind that no open fires, alcohol, off road vehicles and boats powered by engines are prohibited within park's borders.


In addition to being a popular swimming destination in the summer, Walden Pond State Reservation provides opportunities for boating, hiking, picnicking, and fishing. In 2015, Massachusetts state conservation officials warned swimmers to stay out of Walden Pond, "after a routine test there revealed a high level of potentially dangerous bacteria." These bacteria included enterococcous, "a pathogen that in severe cases can cause digestive ailments including vomiting and diarrhea." There is a replica of Thoreau's cabin available for viewing. The reservation is open year-round for day use, but does not allow camping overnight.

Walden pond and reservation are located to the south of state highway MA-2 / MA-2A. Highway MA-126 passes through the reservation. The Fitchburg Line of the MBTA Commuter Rail passes west of the pond; however, the nearest station is in Concord center, 1.4 miles northwest of the reservation.