Famed as the setting and subject of Henry David Thoreau’s novel Walden as well as the author’s home for two years, Walden Pond State Park is one of Boston’s most iconic landmarks to date. Sprawled across 400 acres in Concord, Massachusetts this breathtaking attraction is also a declared National Historic Landmark that is believed to be the founding venue of the conservationist movement in the country. Centered around a 31 meter deep lake, the Walden Pond State Park is a prime example of a kettle hole formed by melting ice glaciers which disintegrated more than 10,000 years ago.
Open to visitors from 7am to 8pm the park is accessible to only a thousand guests at a time as the preservation of this pristine environment is of paramount importance. Ideal for nature lovers and hikers alike Walden Pond’s main attributes include a captivating beach with a swimming area. Canoeing and fishing are other popular activities at the pond where boating is also allowed from 5am onwards. Littered with walking trails and hiking routes the lush, verdant atmosphere of the state park also makes it a hotbed for bird varieties whose constant chirping forms the soundtrack of the venue beloved by the American author Henry David Thoreau.
One of the must-see points of interest at the locale is of course the quaint replica of the author’s cabin home and its contents. The philosophical writer occupied the Walden Pond State Park back in 1845 when the site of the cabin was owned by fellow writer and companion Ralph Waldo Emerson. The true site of the author’s two year home is located within 15 minutes of the pond and is distinguished by granite stumps. The area also includes a sign bearing Thoreau’s famous quotation explaining the lessons man must learn from living with nature.
Quiet and peaceful all year round the venue is a preferred holiday venue for families and children as the activities at the locale are mostly free although nominal fees are charged for parking and the use of facilities as deemed necessary by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, which now manages the site.
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