The Guide to Walden Pond: An Exploration of the History, Nature, Landscape, and Literature of One of America's Most Iconic Places

by Robert M. Thorson

The first guidebook to the landscape and history of the literary shrine to Thoreau, Walden Pond. 


  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN-13/EAN: 9781328489173
  • ISBN-10: 1328489175
  • Pages: 272
  • Publication Date: 03/13/2018
  • Carton Quantity: 24

About the book

An exploration of the history, nature, landscape, and literature of one of America’s most iconic places 


This is the first guidebook to Henry David Thoreau’s most defining place, visited by half a million people each year and widely known as the fountainhead of America's environmental consciousness. 

   Using this guide, both armchair readers and trail-walkers alike can amble around the pond’s shoreline, pausing at fifteen special places to learn about people, historic events, and the natural world. Thoreau will be a constant companion via quotes from Walden. Stop by stop, the place of his book will merge with the book of his place.  

   Abundantly illustrated with photographs, drawings, and maps, this guide is a must-have for a meaningful, engaging tour of Walden Pond as well as a souvenir of a visit. 


Special Thanks 


Concord Free Public Library 

Concord Museum 

Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation 

Thoreau Farm Trust 

Thoreau Society 

Walden Woods Project

About the author
Robert M. Thorson

ROBERT M. THORSON is a professor at the University of Connecticut. An award-winning author, scientist, and journalist, he's an expert tour guide for Thoreau's Concord and a frequent speaker and consultant. From his home in Storrs, Connecticut, he walks to work on a trail through the woods.