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Henry David Thoreau’s sojourn at Walden from 1845-1847 has inspired a long tradition of visitors to this scenic pond, considered the birthplace of the conservation movement. Hike trails through area woods, the nearby Brister’s Hill path, picnic or boat on the kettle pond. Also features a small, sandy beach and swimming in season. Park features a replica of Thoreau’s cabin. Free. $5 parking. Open daily from 8 am to sunset.