Great Brook Farm State Park

Carlisle, Massachusetts 01741

Great Brook Farm State Park

Great Brook Farm State Park Professional Review and Guide

"This hike provides a full tour of the nearly 1,000-acre Great Brook Farm State Park, passing over terrain that varies from rugged, rocky slopes to boardwalks stretched across swampland.

Like many of the state parks and reservations near Boston, you could spend days hiking here. Get a map, and then either follow the hiking route described here or take off exploring on your own."

More Great Brook Farm State Park Professional Reviews and Guides

"Circle the very pond beside which Henry David Thoreau resided for two years in the 1840s, writing his timeless treatises on nature’s value to mankind.

The busy, popular destination offers trails aplenty. Our hike circles Walden Pond, stopping by the site of Thoreau’s Cabin. Leave Walden Pond for Heywood Meadow, a marsh, and then climb to Emersons Cliff, named for Thoreau’s friend Ralph Waldo Emerson. From there you complete the circuit around Walden Pond, passing the main beach area."

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Trail Information

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Trail Type
Skill Level
3-3.5 hours
Massachusetts Dept. of Conservation and Resources, 617-626-1250
Local Contacts
Maps are available at the park and at
Local Maps

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Oct 2018