THE THOREAU TRAIL: A WALK TO WACHUSETT
In 1842 Henry David Thoreau travelled from Concord to the summit of Mount Wachusett in Princeton, a journey which he recorded in the essay, A Walk to Wachusett. Working with communities and partners throughout the region, the Freedom’s Way National Heritage Area is working to create a recreational trail as an interpretive walking experience in the spirit of Thoreau’s essay. The Thoreau Trail project launched in 2017 as a Thoreau Bicentennial legacy project with support from the National Park Service.
The project’s signature event in 2017—A Walk to Wachusett —a multi-day trek of the preliminary trail route accompanied by the Massachusetts Walking Tour, will take place June 27th through July 2nd.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
Tuesday, June 27th from 9:30-10:30 AM at the Walden Pond Visitor Center. Registered attendees, who bring their ticket, will not have to pay the $5 parking fee. Register Here!
Hikes begin at 8:00 am (with the exception of Day 1 which begins at 10:30 am) and end at 2:00 pm. They are moderately strenuous and designed for experienced hikers. While free, space is limited and registration is required.
June 27th: Walden Pond to Acton - Register Here
June 28th: Acton to Stow - Register Here
June 29th: Stow to Bolton - Register Here
June 30th: Bolton to Sterling - Register Here
July 1st: Sterling to Princeton - Register Here
July 2nd: Princeton to Mount Wachusett - Register Here
All concerts begin at 6:00 pm and end at 8:00 pm and will be performed by the Mass Walking Tour accompanied by local musicians and artists. Concerts are free and open to the public.
ABOUT THE TRAIL
The Thoreau Trail will utilize existing trail networks as well as potential new connections within the ten communities Thoreau traversed during his walk from Walden to Wachusett and be between 50 and 60 miles in length, depending on its design. Interpretive and educational media that help relate the story of the American conservation movement through the words of Thoreau will be developed as part of the project.
THE THOREAU TRAIL & FREEDOM'S WAY NATIONAL HERITAGE AREA
In 2015 the FWNHA management plan was approved by the Secretary of the Interior. As part of that process three themes were identified. The first, A Mosaic of Subtle Beauty, refers to the natural landscape, which contains 25% conserved open space, an unusually high concentration for a region so close to a greater metropolitan area. The creation of the Thoreau Trail will strengthen the identity of the heritage area as a region and given Thoreau’s prominence in American culture, serve as a defining feature for residents and visitors alike.