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Walden Pond

Just out of view of the city nearby lies an ecological haven, the beauty of which once inspired one of the nation’s great thinkers.

Swap the sidewalks and shop floors of the city center for fine white beaches and woodland walks at Walden Pond. Look across the glistening water for kingfishers, deer and other wildlife, and discover the story behind the landmark’s famous literary history.

Happening upon the lake, which is obscured by a large forest, is a magical experience. This large waterway dates back to the last ice age, when it was formed by a huge glacier melting. At its deepest point, the pond reaches depths of more than 98 feet (30 meters).

Pick your spot on the narrow sandy beach and bask in the sun or take a refreshing swim. A great way to explore the lake is on a canoe, paddleboard or small boat, though you will have to bring your own equipment as there are no rental outlets at the pond. The fishing in Walden Pond is superb. Cast your hook for pickerel and sunfish as well as perch and smallmouth bass.

Wake yourself from lounging, set down your line or book and embark on a gentle hike through your leafy surroundings. The Pond Path forms a rugged circuit along the shore and is decorated with clusters of vivid berry bushes, pine, oak and hickory trees. Look for gray squirrels and chipmunks scampering past and spot kingfishers perched on the tips of overhanging branches.

Refresh your love of American literature with a visit to the information center where you will find stories about the area’s most famous resident, Henry David Thoreau. He wrote his book Walden while staying in a one-room home next to the pond between 1845 and 1847. Visit a replica of this small dwelling to see the minimalist lifestyle that helped inspire the American conservationist movement.

Walden Pond is located just a 5-minute drive south of Concord. Drive and use the parking lot or get a ride and be dropped off. The area has a small shop, but no other facilities, so arrive early and come prepared if you plan to spend the full day here.


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Lodging Near Walden Pond

See all 219 Properties near Walden Pond
Hawthorne Inn $179
Hawthorne Inn

Hawthorne Inn

462 Lexington Road, Concord
     
    4.9
    of 5, from 7 reviews
    4.0 out of 5.0

    Situated in Concord, this bed & breakfast is 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from The Wayside and 2.3 mi (3.7 km) from Walden Pond. Louisa May Alcott's Orchard House and Concord Visitors Center are also within 1 mi (2 km).

    Concord's Colonial Inn $109
    Concord's Colonial Inn

    Concord's Colonial Inn

    48 Monument Square, Concord
       
      4.1
      of 5, from 358 reviews
      0.0 out of 5.0

      Located in Concord's Monument Square, less than 1 mile from public transportation to Boston, this Concord's Colonial Inn and Suites is also within 4 miles of Hanscom Air Force Base, Walden Pond, Old North Bridge, and Interstates 95/128.

      North Bridge Inn $200
      North Bridge Inn

      North Bridge Inn

      21 Monument Street, Concord
         
        4.9
        of 5, from 7 reviews
        3.5 out of 5.0

        Situated in the historical district, this bed & breakfast is 0.2 mi (0.4 km) from Concord Visitors Center and 2.3 mi (3.8 km) from Walden Pond. Old North Bridge and Louisa May Alcott's Orchard House are also within 1 mi (2 km).

        Best Western At Historic Concord $129
        Best Western At Historic Concord

        Best Western At Historic Concord

        740 Elm St, Concord
           
          4.3
          of 5, from 836 reviews
          2.5 out of 5.0

          This hotel is centrally located near the historic sights and attractions of New England, including the homes of Ralph Waldo Emerson and Louisa May Alcott, and Walden Pond.

          Residence Inn by Marriott Boston Concord $149
          Residence Inn by Marriott Boston Concord

          Residence Inn by Marriott Boston Concord

          320 Baker Avenue, Concord
             
            4.7
            of 5, from 174 reviews
            3.0 out of 5.0

            Situated in Concord, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Concord Visitors Center, Louisa May Alcott's Orchard House, and Old North Bridge. The Wayside is 3.1 mi (4.9 km) away.

            Hampton Inn Boston Waltham $107
            Hampton Inn Boston Waltham

            Hampton Inn Boston Waltham

            135 2nd Ave, Waltham
               
              4.7
              of 5, from 108 reviews
              2.5 out of 5.0

              Situated in Waltham, this hotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of Bentley College, Burlington Mall, and Babson College. Harvard Square and Boston College are also within 12 mi (20 km).

              Element Lexington $127
              Element Lexington

              Element Lexington

              727 Marrett Road - B, Lexington
                 
                4.5
                of 5, from 795 reviews
                3.0 out of 5.0

                Situated in the suburbs, this aparthotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of Burlington Mall, Bentley College, and Walden Pond. Harvard Square and Harvard University are also within 12 mi (20 km).

                Aloft Lexington $103
                Aloft Lexington

                Aloft Lexington

                727 Marrett Road - A, Lexington
                   
                  4.3
                  of 5, from 1,418 reviews
                  3.0 out of 5.0

                  Situated in the suburbs, this hotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of Burlington Mall, Bentley College, and Walden Pond. Harvard Square and Harvard University are also within 12 mi (20 km).