Hike at Walden Pond — Photo courtesy of no6clubWith its close proximity to Boston, Concord's 335-acre reservation of Walden Pond is a serene spot for nature lovers to enjoy year-round. Once the home of Henry David Thoreau, who lived in seclusion on the pond for two full years and chronicled his time there in his famous book, Walden, the pond retains the breathtaking beauty that was inviting to Thoreau so many years ago.
This must-see attraction draws crowds in the summer for swimming and sunning. Full lots lead to long lines of traffic and many "walkers" parking elsewhere and hoofing it over, just to take a dip in these famous waters. As the weather changes, the ambiance of the pond shifts with it, creating an environment that begs to be hiked.
Ideal during the fall, a hike here provides leaf-peepers an up-close foliage view as they circle the pond. The colorful leaves reflect on the water to create the illusion that the trees are actually part of the water's surface. On your hike, explore the replica of Thoreau's one-room cabin, strategically placed to make your visit feel like it may have in the 1800's, when Thoreau called Walden home.
Winter is not lost on Walden Pond; a snow-covered landscape invites you to crunch through the white stuff leaving nothing but your footprints behind. And if you simply want to enjoy the beauty without the activity, find a spot, cast a line and do a bit of fishing.