Walden Pond is a wonderful park to visit. It does get
very crowded on hot summer days, especially weekends, as many locals
head to Walden Pond in their bathing suits, seeking relief from the
heat. Your best bet is to visit on cooler off-season days, and to
stick with the trails away from the main one that goes around the
pond. If you can avoid the crowds, you will enjoy the solitude
and peace that Henry David Thoreau found here.
The area is popular for fishing, swimming, and walking. To protect the natural resources of the area and ensure that Walden Pond remains a pleasant place for people in the future, the number of visitors is limited to no more than 1,000 people at a time. Dogs, bicycles, floatation devices and grills are prohibited. To avoid disappointment, visitors are encouraged to call the park in advance and check on parking availability. A replica of Thoreau’s house and the location of his modest home are available for viewing by the public. Year round interpretive programs and guided walks are offered as well as a gift shop, bookstore and the Tsongas gallery. Specialized Equipment includes portable FM listening systems for park programs and a beach wheel chair for access to the beach and water.
For more information on Walden Pond from the Massachusetts State Parks and Recreation Dept., including a trail map, click here. This link will lead you to the source of the text excerpt and photo above. Animated footprints below are courtesy of gifs.net.