Frequently Asked Questions
The Walden Woods Project is the official Friends of Walden Pond State Reservation. We are working to raise funds for major improvements, such as the new visitor center and shoreline stabilization, that will both protect and enhance the park for visitors from around the world. We also work closely with park staff and managers to provide interpretive expertise and artifacts that enhance the visitor’s experience and understanding of the global significance of Walden Pond and Henry David Thoreau.
The Walden Pond State Reservation is run by the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation. There is limited public parking at the Reservation for a $5 fee. There are no additional admission charges. A trail surrounding the pond offers access to the site where Thoreau’s house at Walden Pond once stood. There is also a Thoreau house replica near the Reservation parking lot.
Swimming is permitted at Walden Pond, as is fishing with a Massachusetts state fishing license. Boating is also permitted, but gasoline engines are banned. No pets are allowed at the Reservation. There are no open fires and no camping. The Reservation parking lot is open from 8 a.m. to approximately one hour after sunset. However, hours vary seasonally. For further information and directions to Walden Pond, please go to MassParks or call the Walden Pond State Reservation headquarters at 978-369-3254.
We also actively maintain trails for passive recreation on most of our land, including the self-guided interpretive trail, Thoreau’s Path on Brister’s Hill, located at the intersection of Route 2 and Walden Street in Concord.