Emerson’s Cliff


By the Pond Path and in the heart of Walden Woods exists Emerson’s Cliff. Emerson’s Cliff overlooks Walden Pond from the south. Named by Thoreau, this peak was once considered by Ralph Waldo Emerson as a site for his own sylvan retreat.


The Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation maintains and preserves Emerson’s Cliff as part of the Walden Pond State Reservation.


Emerson’s Cliff can be climbed and connects to the Pond Path which is 1.7 mile hike around Walden Pond.

Entrances/Parking Information

Emerson’s Cliff may be accessed via the Pond Path in Walden Woods. Emerson’s Cliff is also on the Bay Circuit Trail. Parking is available at the parking lot for the Walden Pond State Reservation.

Seasonal information

The trails near Emerson’s Cliff may be impassible in the winter due to ice and snow. It may be dangerous to attempt to climb Emerson’s Cliff during inclimate weather. During spring, summer, and fall, poison ivy may be present on or near the trails. Check for ticks year round with extra consideration in the spring and fall when ticks are most prevalent.

Nearby sites

Walden PondThoreau’s Cabin Site


There are no fees associated with accessing Emerson’s Cliff.