|The Visitors Center and gift shop
With a little advance planning, you can make your visit to
Walden Pond more enjoyable. The park closes one half hour before sunset. Once you are here stop
by the Visitors
Center (year round) where
park staff can help plan your visit. The address of the Visitors
Center is 915 Walden St., Concord;
Visitors are welcome to swim, picnic, hike, use canoes and
rowboats, fish, cross-country ski and snowshoe. Please help
control erosion of Walden’s shoreline by staying on the
paths and using established access areas. The reservation is
open year round. Certain services and hours of operation may
vary with the season. All organized groups must call in advance
to make a reservation. There are no trash barrels on the beach.
Please carry out what you carry in.
To protect the natural resources
of the area and ensure that Walden Pond remains a pleasant
place for people in the future, the number of visitors is
limited to no more than 1,000 people at a time. Dogs, bicycles,
flotation devices and grills are prohibited. To avoid disappointment,
visitors are encouraged to call the park in advance and check
on parking availability.
There is a year round parking fee of $5.00 per day, per vehicle. Parking is only permitted in the large lot off Rte. 126. (The smaller lot is for bookstore and staff parking only). When the park reaches capacity it will close. In order to avoid disappointment, call 978-369-3254, particularly on hot summer days. Annual park passes are available.
Specialized Equipment available
includes portable FM listening systems for park programs
and a beach wheel chair for access to the beach and water.
Parking for vehicles with an HP placard is available at the
- Alcoholic beverages are prohibited.
- Fires, camping, off-road vehicles, motorcycles,
novelty flotation devices and boats powered by internal combustion
engines are prohibited.
- The pond and surrounding paths are open to the public
daily from 5 a.m. to approximately a half hour after sunset.
- Lifeguards are on duty from Memorial Day to Labor
Day; swimming across the pond is prohibited.
- Erosion is a serious problem at Walden. Please help
the restoration effort by staying on the paths and established
sitting areas, and avoiding all slopes where vegetation is