|A Walking Tour of Concord, Mass.|
|Here's a walking tour to the top sights in Concord, Massachusetts, good for all-walking, all-driving, or a combination of the two.|
This walking tour of Concord MA takes you from central Monument Square (map) for 5.2 miles (8.4 km) through Concord and back to Monument Square (map), about two hours' leisurely walking, not counting time spent at sites.
The walk to and from Walden Pond is an additional 3 to 3-1/2 miles (4.8 to 5.6 km, 1 to 1-1/2 hours). Many people choose to walk in Concord center, but drive or bike to Walden Pond.
Arrival in Concord
If you come from Boston by MBTA Commuter Rail train, get out at the Concord station (not West Concord). It's 6/10ths-mile (1-km, 10-minute) walk east from the Concord station (known as "the Depot") to Monument Square, or a 1.7-mile (2.74 -km, 30-minute) walk southeast from the station to Walden Pond.
Bicycles for Rent
Start your tour in Monument Square, the heart of Concord center. Concord's Colonial Inn is at the north end of the square, the red brick Town House (municipal building) on the east side along with the Holy Family Roman Catholic church and the Old Hill Burying Ground.
With the Colonial Inn on your left, walk north along Monument Street 7/10ths of a mile (just over 1 km, 12 to 15 minutes) to Old North Bridge. The North Bridge Visitor Center is a further 3/10ths mile (500 meters) uphill from the bridge in the Buttrick Mansion.
Return along Monument Street, but turn left on Court Lane just before Monument Square to reach Sleepy Hollow Cemetery. Walk through the cemetery to Authors Ridge to see the graves of Concord's famous writers.
Return to Monument Square by Bedford Street, turn left and walk along Lexington Road, keeping the red Wright Tavern and tall First Parish in Concord meetinghouse (church, Unitarian-Universalist) on your right.
It's a half mile (800 meters, 8 to 10 minutes) from Monument Square to the Ralph Waldo Emerson House and Concord Museum. Another 4/10ths mile (650 meters, 5 to 7 minutes) along Lexington Road brings you to Orchard House, and only a minute more to The Wayside.
Walden Pond & Thoreau's House
The walk from The Wayside back to Monument Square is 8/10ths mile (1.3 km, 10 to 15 minutes). Or, just west of the Emerson House and Concord Museum, turn left on Heywood Street, then left on Walden Street, to walk to Walden Pond (1.3 miles, 2.1 km, 20 to 25 minutes): or follow the Emerson - Thoreau Amble from the Emerson House to Thoreau's house site at Walden.
The walk back from Walden Pond to Monument Square is 1.8 miles (2.9 km, 30 to 40 minutes).