Now is the PERFECT time to enjoy the great outdoors!  Fresh air and physical activity help keep you healthy and strong.  Concord has many trails, parks and recreation areas for everyone to enjoy.  Remember to use social distancing measures.


Check out our newest walking challenge.  Can you walk 63 miles by June 15th?  Great prizes await!

Concord to Concord, a virtual 63 mile challenge!

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Walden Pond

During the summer the parking lot fills up quickly. Check Walden’s Twitter page for parking lot updates @waldenpondstate. Walden Pond boasts a variety of recreational activities and hiking trails to Thoreau’s historic house site. Pets are not permitted. Parking fee charged. All organized groups must make a reservation in advance.

Great Meadows

If you are a nature lover visit the Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge. It is an excellent place to take a walk, observe wildlife, and study nature. Over 220 species of birds have been recorded at Great Meadows. You can add your observations to the board at the entrance. Please note, no dogs or bikes are allowed within the refuge. Restrooms are available. Walking trails and wildlife observation tower. Pets and bicycles are not allowed. Restrooms available. $4 entrance fee or Free with America the Beautiful pass

Old North Bridge

Stroll through history at Minuteman National Historic Park. Visit the Old North Bridge, walk in the footsteps of the Minute Men on Battle Road, or learn about some of Concord’s literary history at the Wayside. The North Bridge, Minute Man Statue, grave of British Soldiers and monuments, marks “the shot heard round the world.” Check visitor center or web-site for the ranger talk schedule.

Emerson Playground

Enjoy the climbing structures, swings, slides, sand area, picnic tables, seasonal splash pad, and large open space at Emerson Playground. Bathrooms are available in the Hunt Center. There is ample free parking along Stow Street. 90 Stow Street

Canoeing & Kayaking

Explore Concord’s three rivers. Bring your own canoe or kayak or rent one from South Bridge Boathouse from April 1 - November 1.  Note - motorized vessels are not allowed.


There are 17 different walking trails of Concord. Check out links below to download any or stop by the Concord Visitor Center to pick one up

Brewster's Woods Wildlife Sanctuary

Brewster's Woods Wildlife Sanctuary is a 130-acre property located along the banks of the Concord River that was formerly part of the country homestead of William Brewster, an early leader in American ornithology and the first President of Mass Audubon.

Location: Balls Hill Road, Concord,

Hours: Trails open daily, dawn to dusk (limited parking)