Walden Pond

Concord, Massachusetts 1742

Walden Pond

Walden Pond Professional Guide

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"Although Walden Pond is not remote and you won’t be alone, you somehow feel miles away from civilization. Indeed, you are at the heart of the beginnings of the American conservation movement."

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Hiking through History New England (Falcon Guides)
Johnny Molloy
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"Overlooking Boston Harbor, Deer Island has been home to an Indian incarceration center, a defensive fort, an immigration quarantine area, a county prison, a hospital, a lighthouse, and a pump house now on the National Register of Historic Places and today home to a contemporary sewage treatment plant that was a major force behind the amazing cleanup of Boston Harbor. Add trails with nearly continual panoramas of the dramatic coastline and you have a scenic and historic hike. After looping around most of the lake, take a spur to Emersons Cliff, passing Heywood Meadow, a glacially created wetland. Descend back to Walden Pond and complete your loop around this place that inspired a man who inspired millions."
100 Classic Hikes in New England (The Mountaineers Books)
Jeffrey Romano
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"Perhaps the most famous kettle hole in the world, Walden Pond is the former home of Henry David Thoreau. This 2.5-mile circuit includes much of the popular Pond Path that circles Walden Pond, but also includes a brief diversion to a quieter corner of the reservation, where turtles sun on fallen logs and thrushes sing beside a shady cliff. In 1854, Thoreau wrote in Walden, “All change is a miracle to contemplate; but it is a miracle which is taking place every instant.” While much has changed since 1845, the year Thoreau built a modest cabin near the pond’s shore, the 462-acre forested reservation that surrounds the 100-foot-deep pond remains an evolving natural treasure in the heart of New England’s most populated region."

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1.5 hours
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