Walden Pond State Reservation Trail

Concord, Massachusetts

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Walden Pond, once home to author Henry David Thoreau, is a beloved local landmark. In summer, it is perhaps a bit too beloved-so many people throng to this swimming hole (a kettle pond) on a hot summer day, cars are turned away once capacity is reached. As many as 600,000 people visit the reservation each year, mostly in July and August, with crowds tapering off during fall foliage season. Poetry readings, kids’ junior ranger activities, Thoreau walks, and, of course, swimming, hiking, and picnicking, draw families from Boston and the ’burbs during the bustling high season.
Snowshoe Routes: New England

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Snowshoe Routes: New England

by Diane Bair & Pamela Wright (The Mountaineers Books)

Walden Pond, once home to author Henry David Thoreau, is a beloved local landmark. In summer, it is perhaps a bit too beloved-so many people throng to this swimming hole (a kettle pond) on a hot summer day, cars are turned away once capacity is reached.

As many as 600,000 people visit the reservation each year, mostly in July and August, with crowds tapering off during fall foliage season. Poetry readings, kids’ junior ranger activities, Thoreau walks, and, of course, swimming, hiking, and picnicking, draw families from Boston and the ’burbs during the bustling high season.

©  Diane Bair & Pamela Wright/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Snowshoeing
Nearby City: Concord
Distance: 1.7
Elevation Gain: 110 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 2 hours
Season: Winter
Accessibility: Kid-friendly
Local Contacts: Walden Pond State Reservation
Driving Directions: Directions to Walden Pond State Reservation Trail

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