Walden Pond

Recently, we took advantage of a crisp, sunny, fall day to visit and hike around Walden Pond in Concord, MA. It is a beautiful location – especially in the fall! Pond’s Path is a well-established 1.7 mile loop around the pond – an easy and pleasant walk.

About halfway around the pond, just off of a cove at the end furthest from the road, we found the site where in 1845, Henry Thoreau built his (now famous) cabin on land that Ralph Waldo Emerson owned.


The secluded clearing has become a shrine, with stones piled high. The cabin is now long gone, but there is a small monument marking where it was located.


There are some pretty views back to the pond just a few steps from where the cabin stood.


A replica of Thoreau’s cabin stands at the Visitor’s Center near the road.

Thoreau Cabin Reproduction


As we now know, Thoreau was not exactly “roughing it” here, as he was often visited by his sister with provisions, and regularly made trips home to his mother’s house for dinner, in addition to visiting often with Emerson at his home (a two mile walk from the cabin site). I personally think of this particular cabin more as a “writer’s retreat.”

To learn more about Thoreau’s life, you can start here.

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