The best way to tour Concord is on foot, with the occasional car or bike ride. My walking tours take you to all of Concord's prime sights. (Here's where to have a picnic.)
From Monument Square in the center of Concord along Monument Street to the Old Manse, Old North Bridge, Buttrick Mansion (National Historical Park Visitor Center) 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.
Monument Square past the Wright Tavern and First Parish church 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 bred.
2 mi (3.2 km), 40-minutes’ walking time, round-trip; add sightseeing time.
Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, Authors Ridge & graves of the Emersons, the Alcotts, Thoreaus, Daniel Chester French and Mary 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 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.
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 signal).
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. No dogs allowed.
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.
Walden Pond, Concord MA.
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. Shuttle bus, & several parking areas & starting points along the trail.
Hartwell Tavern on Battle Road Trail, Minute Man National Historical Park.
Walking, hiking and biking trails, canoe and kayak rental, swimming and fishing at Walden Pond, birding & wildlife observation at Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge: there’s lots to do outdoors in Concord!
Muskrat love, Great Meadow National Wildlife Refuge, Concord MA.