May 19, 2013 · 10:45 AM
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Come join us for a leisurely hike around historic Walden Pond and explore some of the surrounding trails.
Henry David Thoreau lived at Walden Pond from July 1845 to September 1847. His experience at Walden provided the material for the book Walden, which is credited with helping to inspire awareness and respect for the natural environment. Because of Thoreau's legacy, Walden Pond has been designated a National Historic Landmark and is considered the birthplace of the conservation movement. Park Interpreters provide tours and ongoing educational programs. The Reservation includes the 102-foot deep glacial kettle-hole pond. Mostly undeveloped woods totaling 2680 acres, called "Walden Woods," surround the reservation.
First we’ll meet at the replica of Thoreau’s cabin near the parking lots for a brief group introduction. A Park Interpreter will join us and take us on a 'Thoreau Ramble' and share with us Thoreau’s experiences at Walden Pond, and his literary legacy. We'll cross the road and follow the path leading to the actual site of Thoreau’s cabin overlooking the pond shore, and visit other points of interest along the way. From there we'll choose from several trails to explore.
Please bring sunscreen, bug repellent, water, snacks, camera, sturdy hiking boots, and $5 for the parking fee. Please allow about 2 hours for the lecture and hike. No pets are allowed with the exception of a working guide dog. If anyone is interested in car pooling please post a message to the group. Note, the $5 entry fee is collected by an automated machine and accepts cash or debit/credit card.