Walden Pond - Trail Running

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This historic area isn't just for "pond"ering, it's also a nifty destination for a trail run.

Written by

Danielle LeBlanc


1.7 miles

Pond's path is probably the longest trail and it is 1.7 miles. The other trails are probably only .5 to a mile long.

Destination Distance From Downtown

15.3 miles


2 of 5 diamonds

The terrain is fairly flat with only a few short hills. The longest trail is only 1.7 miles.

Time To Complete

0 hours

The average runner could probably finish the 1.7 loop in 10 minutes.


Summer and Fall

In the Winter the trail is open, however, the summer and fall are probably the best times to go.

Dog Friendly


Fees Permits


$8 parking for residents, and $10 parking for non-residents

Land Website

Walden Pond



Trail running at Walden Pond is much more than simple trail running. The once home of Henry Davis Thoreau, from July 1845 to September 1847, is filled with history and a variety of walking, hiking, and running trails. Surrounding Walden Pond is 2,680 acres of mostly undeveloped woods, called “Walden Woods.” In these woods you fill find trails that pass by meadows, historical sites, and trails that loop around the pond itself; providing great views of that as well. The Reservation is located in Concord MA, and is only 19 miles from Boston, which makes it more than accessible to come and explore all that Walden Pond has to offer.

What Makes It Great

Walden Pond is filled with running trails both long and short. One of the more popular trails is Pond’s Path is a 1.7 mile trail that loops around the pond. This trail is fairly flat with only one short hill at Little Cove. The trail is located at the edge of the pond, and provides great views of the pond at all angles. Other running trails include Ridge path, Esker trail, Esker’s loop, Emerson’s Cliff Trail, and Meadow path, where you can get a lovely view of Heywood’s meadow. Many of these trails are fairly short, however, the majority of the trails connect to other ones, allowing you to extend your workout if you wish to do so. For example, Fire Road South, Meadow path, Emerson’s Cliff Trail, and Esker Trail create an easy make-shift loop.

Theses woodland trails provide many fantastic views of the wood itself, Walden Pond, the meadows, and more. Also, trails such as Pond’s path lead to historical sites such as Thoreau’s house site. The terrain at Walden Pond is mostly flat, however, there are a few trails such as Emerson’s Cliff trail that have a little bit of an incline. After running you can even cool off in the water with a refreshing swim.

Who is Going to Love It

Walden Pond definitely has a little something for everyone. This woodland trail-filled reservation not only has trails that loop around Walden Pond, but trails that connect to other trails, forming different loops and shorter trails, that provide a quick workout. All of these trails also come with great views, including Heywood’s meadow, Thoreau’s house site, the pond, and much more. The fairly flat terrain and short trails not only make it great for beginner trail runners, families, but also those looking to get in a quick and easy run.

Directions, Parking, & Regulations

Walden Pond does not allow any pets or bikes on the trails. The reservation is open year-round, for day use only. There is no fee, however, parking is $8 for residents, and $10 for non-residents per vehicle. Hours vary through the season.

Walden Pond State Reservation is located near Lincoln and Concord in the Greater Boston Area. From Rte. 95/128: (North & South West of Boston area) Take exit 29B onto Rte.. 2 West, at 3rd set of lights take a left Onto Rte.. 126 South. Parking is ¼ of mile down on left.


Walden Pond

915 Walden St
Concord, MA, 01742
42.440459, -71.334511

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