Details of Walden Pond State Reservation

Overview of Walden Pond State Reservation

Let a visit to Walden Pond bring you back in time to the mid-1800's. Experience the connection with nature that inspired Henry David Thoreau's Walden. Enjoy a day of swimming, walking around the famous pond or boating out on the water. Also be sure to visit the replica of Thoreau's single-room cabin.

Organized groups must call in advance to make a reservation. Park hours vary seasonally.

Hours for Walden Pond State Reservation

Main entrance

Open at 8am

The main entrance gate locks at 6:30pm and the exit gate locks at 7:00pm. All cars must be out of the parking lot at this time.

Visitor Center

The Walden Pond Visitor Center and the Thoreau House Replica will be closed, and all Public Programs are cancelled at Walden Pond through April 1.

Boat ramp

The boat ramp closed for the season on December 1, 2019. Opens April 1, 2020 weather permitting.

Parking at Walden Pond State Reservation

Parking is located in the large lot off Rt. 126

MA resident  $8

Non-MA resident  $15

Resident and non resident status is determined by the vehicle license plate

Get a parking pass for Massachusetts state parks

Get a lifetime senior parking pass (MA residents)

Activities at Walden Pond State Reservation

Children swimming


Cool off from the summer heat in this 102-foot deep pond created by a melted glacier.
A person walking.

Hiking & walking

Take a peaceful stroll along the pond or on one of the trails through Walden Woods.

Facilities at Walden Pond State Reservation

  • Boat ramp
  • Picnic areas
  • Restrooms
  • Visitors center
  • 4 electric vehicle charging stations available when the park is open
    • stations are first come, first serve
    • visitors must pay a parking fee to use the parking lot

Accessibility at Walden Pond State Reservation

  • Accessible beaches
  • Accessible boating
  • Accessible education programs
  • Accessible restrooms
  • Accessible trails

Learn about DCR's Universal Access Program

Restrictions at Walden Pond State Reservation

  • No dogs or pets 
  • No fires or grilling
  • No camping
  • No bikes on trails
  • No alcoholic beverages
  • No gasoline engines
  • No hunting
  • No blow-up water toys
  • No parking on the streets

More info for Walden Pond State Reservation

The parking lot will be closed once it reaches capacity. Call park staff at (978) 369-3254 before heading to the park to make sure lot is not full.

The Walden Pond State Reservation Visitor Center offers:

  • An extensive deck
  • Interior exhibit space
  • A bookstore and gift shop
  • Public restrooms