|The cabin replica at Walden Pond.|
Walden Pond is a state reservation on the outskirts of Boston in Concord. It is an extremely popular public swimming spot in the summer and has a network of trails that circle the glacially carved pond. DCR's Universal Access Program operates an adaptive kayak program at the boat launch, which has just ended for the season. Restrooms and gift shop are wheelchair accessible. Interpretive staff offer programs year round. A beach wheelchair is available for use on beach or trails. This year, the water level has been so high, the beach has been non-existent, but the beach wheelchair has been used to assist people in visiting the site of Thoreau's cabin, less than a half mile from the visitor center on wide, well-traveled trails. A replica of Thoreau's cabin is on display near the parking lot and is often the meeting spot for group walks to the original house site.
|Adaptive hking proram meets at the replica of Thoreau's cabin.|
On Thursday, August 26, DCR's Universal Access Program and Stavros Outdoor Access will offer an adaptive hike using mountain wheelchairs as shown above. To find out more and sign up, call Brenda Davies at 413-259-0009. For more information on the park and visitor services, contact Jen Ingram at 978-369-3254.
|Thoreau's famous statement at the edge of the rock pile.|
|Trails to the house site are generally wide and easy to navigate but you can expect some grades and tree roots.|