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Henry David Thoreau
Henry David Thoreau lived at Walden Pond from
July 1845 to September 1847. His experience at Walden provided
the material for the book Walden, which is credited with helping
to inspire awareness and respect for the natural environment.
Because of Thoreau's legacy, Walden Pond has been designated
a National Historic Landmark and is considered the birthplace
of the conservation movement. Park Interpreters provide tours
and ongoing educational programs. The Reservation includes
the 102-foot deep glacial kettle-hole pond. Mostly undeveloped
woods totaling 2680 acres, called "Walden
Woods," surround the reservation.
part of the Massachusetts Forests and Parks system, Walden
Pond State Reservation includes 335 acres of protected open
space so that
visitors from near and far may come to experience the pond
that inspired Thoreau.
In summer the Reservation is a popular swimming destination.
In the spring and fall, many people hike the trails that ring
the pond and visit the replica of Thoreau's one-room cabin.
Year round interpretive programs and guided walks are offered
as well as a gift shop, bookstore and the Tsongas gallery.