about Walden Pond State Reservation:
Henry David Thoreau lived at Walden Pond from July 1845 to September 1847. His experience at Walden provided the material for the book Walden, which is credited with helping to inspire awareness and respect for the natural environment. Walden Pond is a National Historic Landmark and is considered the birthplace of the conservation movement.
Walden Pond offers a variety of recreational activities, like swimming, canoeing, and fishing, and hiking trails to Thoreau's historic house site. Lifeguards are on duty from 10am-6pm, mid June through Labor Day. Park "interpreters" are available for tours and educational programs.
Once Walden Pond reaches its capacity of 1,000 people, access to the Pond is closed. This can change hourly. Call ahead to be sure you can get in, particularly on hot summer weekends!
From Boston, take Route 2 West to Route 126 and follow signs.