Walking Tours

My walking tours of Concord show you all the top sights, and many smaller ones not found on other tours.

1 – Old North Bridge & the Old Manse: Revolutionary Concord, 1.5 to 2 mi (2.4 to 3.2 km), 30-45 minutes’ walking, round trip; add sightseeing time.

2 – Alcotts & Emersons: Concord’s 19th-century literary lights, mi (3.2 km), 40-minutes’ walking time, round-trip; add sightseeing time.

3 – Concord Cemeteries: Sleepy Hollow & Authors Ridge, Old Hill Burying Ground, and South Burying Place, 1.5 mi (2.4 km), 30 minutes’ walking, round trip; add sightseeing time.

4 – Thoreau’s Concord: houses & sites familiar to Henry David Thoreau, various times & distances; bike or car best for some.

5 – Emerson – Thoreau Amble: a footpath from Emerson’s house to the site of Thoreau’s cabin at Walden Pond, 1.7 mi (2.74 km), 40 to 60 minutes one-way, uneven surfaces, highway crossing.

6 – Walden Pond: replica of Thoreau’s Walden cabin, lots of walking trails, a swimming beach & boat ramp, 1.5 mi (2.4 km) around the pond, 45 to 60 minutes; Walden Pond is 2 mi (3.2 km) south of Monument Square.

7 – Battle Road Trail: walking & biking path to Revolutionary War battle sites, 5-mi-long (8-km) trail starting 1.4 mi (2.25 m) east of Monument Square. Several parking areas & starting points along the trail.

Old North Bridge, Concord MA
1 - Old North Bridge

From Monument Square in the center of Concord along Monument Street to the Old Manse, Old North Bridge, Buttrick Mansion and Caesar Robbins House, with a detour to Sleepy Hollow Cemetery and Authors Ridge.

1.5 to 2 mi (2.4 to 3.2 km), 30 to 45 minutes’ walking, round trip; add sightseeing time.

Orchard House
2 - Alcott's Orchard House

Monument Square past the Wright Tavern and First Parish to the Emerson – Thoreau Amble trailhead, Emerson House, Concord Museum, the Alcotts’ Orchard House, the Hawthornes’ Wayside, and Grapevine Cottage where the Concord grape was born.

mi (3.2 km), 40-minutes’ walking time, round-trip; add sightseeing time.

Mourning Victory, Melvin Memorial, Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, Concord MA
3 - Melvin Memorial in Sleepy Hollow Cemetery

Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, Authors Ridge & graves of Emersons, Alcotts, Thoreaus, D C French. This tour also visits Concord’s Old Hill Burying Ground and South Burying Place.

1.5 mi (2.4 km), 30 minutes’ walking, round trip; add sightseeing time.

Henry David Thoreau's grave, Authors Ridge, Sleepy Hollow Cemetery
4 - Thoreau's grave on Authors Ridge

Thoreau’s birthplace, places he lived and wrote about, including Walden Pond, & his grave in Sleepy Hollow Cemetery.

Various times & distances; bike or car best for some.

Site of Thoreau's cabin at Walden Pond
5 - Site of Thoreau's house at Walden Pond

Walk the Emerson – Thoreau Amble, a footpath through the forest from Emerson’s house to the site of Thoreau’s cabin on Walden Pond.

1.7 miles (2.4 km), 40 to 60 minutes one-way; uneven surfaces, highway crossing (with pedestrian light).

Walden Pond, Concord MA
6 - Walden Pond

How to get there (including by the  Emerson-Thoreau Amble), the replica of Thoreau’s cabin, walks around the pond, swimming, boating, birding & natural history.

1.5 mi (2.4 km) around the pond, 45 to 60 minutes; Walden Pond is 2 mi (3.2 km) south of Monument Square.

Hartwell Tavern, Minute Man National Historical Park
7 - Hartwell Tavern on Battle Road Trail

Follow the forested road along which Minutemen fought Redcoats in 1775: Meriam’s Corner, via the Bloody Angle, Hartwell Tavern, Paul Revere Capture Site and other sites to Fiske Hill, on foot or by bike.

5-mi-long (8-km) trail starting 1.4 mi (2.25 m) east of Monument Square. Several parking areas & starting points along the trail.

Walking, hiking and biking trails, canoe and kayak rental, swimming and fishing at Walden Pond: there’s lots to do outdoors in Concord!