915 Walden St.
Daily Parking Fee: $8 MA Vehicle, $10 non-MA Vehicle
Open year-round for day use only.
All organized groups must call in advance to make a reservation.
October 23, 2016: 8:00am to 5:30pm
November 6, 2016: 8:00am - 4:00pm
The Main In gate locks at 5:30pm and the Exit gate locks at 6:00PM sharp. All cars must be out of the parking lot at this time.
The Boat Ramp gate unlocks automatically at 5:00AM, 7 days a week. This gate is also locked by 5:30pm.
Open year-round for day use only. Call (978) 369-3254 for information related to capacity closures and other up to date information. Hours vary seasonally.
Things to know before you visit in 2016: Construction Underway
Walden Pond State Reservation New Visitor Center
Improving Visitor Services for Walden Pond State Reservation
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.
Now 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.
In an effort to balance public recreation with protection of our resources, the Department of Conservation and Recreation has established a ‘people capacity’ of 1000 visitors at the park to ensure a positive visitor experience and to maintain the integrity of the resources. To avoid disappointment, please call ahead to receive an update on current visitor capacity status. There are no trash barrels on the beach. Please carry out what you carry in.
The following are prohibited:
- Bikes on trails
- Alcoholic beverages
- Gasoline engines
- Wind powered sail craft
- Metal detectors
- Novelty inflation devices
- Parking on the streets
Walden Pond State Reservation is located near Lincoln and Concord in the Greater Boston Area.
From Rte. 95/128: (North & South West of Boston area) Take exit 29B onto Rte.. 2 West, at 3rd set of lights take a left Onto Rte.. 126 South. Parking is ¼ of mile down on left.
Walden Pond State Reservation is open year-round for day use only. The daily parking fee is $8 resident, $10 non-resident per vehicle. Parking is only permitted in the main lot across from the pond. Hours vary though out the season. Visitors are welcome to swim, hike, fish, use canoes and boats (electric motors only), cross-country ski, snowshoe. Visitors are also welcome to picnic, however; picnic tables and pavilion facilities are not available.