Walden Pond State Reservation Self-Guided Opportunities

Discover the history of Walden Pond and Henry David Thoreau

Self-Guided Walking Tours

Walk Around the Pond with Thoreau

  • This scenic route meanders past glacially formed coves with views of the clear water. The walk starts at the Thoreau House replica and continues past the original site of his modest dwelling. This walk has two options, with both starting at the Thoreau House replica (#1) by the main parking lot. The dirt path is relatively easy hiking with gradual inclines on slightly uneven terrain. Great for families!

Henry’s Early Life: The Making of a Philosopher and Writer

Two Years, Two Months, and Two Days: A Writer’s Reflection, Living At The Pond

StoryWalk® Adventures - Enjoy a Story, Fresh Air and Exercise! Just follow the trail and visit the laminated pages of the book posted along the route. A wonderful story is just ahead waiting for you

Self-Guided Hikes

Walden Suggested Hikes

This guide offers two types of suggested hike and ride routes, including 1) Recommended Introductory hikes that are relatively short and appropriate for most. 2) Signature hikes that provide a recommended trail experience that may be longer or more difficult, but highlights some of the best features of the park or forest.

Interpretive Programs

Programs are free and open to the public however, parking fees are collected year-round to support park operations. All organized group visitations require advanced reservations. Children must be accompanied by a supervising adult. No dogs allowed. Reasonable accommodations available upon request. To arrange group visitation contact: walden.programs@mass.gov or (978) 405-2082. During warm weather and holidays, the park has frequent visitor capacity closures to protect the resource. Check park hours and capacity closure updates on twitter@waldenpondstate

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