Massachusetts Tourism Office Creates Thoreau Trail in Concord

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In honor of Henry David Thoreau’s 200th birthday in 2017, the Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism (MOTT) has created a special itinerary of must-see literary attractions and inspirational places throughout historic Concord. Thoreau’s Concord: A Transcendentalist Journey in Massachusetts, charts the places where Thoreau was born, raised and inspired to create some of America’s most compelling literature, and includes the homes and gathering spots of famous Concord writers including the Alcott family, Ralph Waldo Emerson and Nathaniel Hawthorne.

Each of the 14 stops along the Trail has been classified as a space for outdoor adventure, a historic home, or farm-to-table dining experience.

“This itinerary honoring Concord’s most famous authors is a nod to Massachusetts’ rich literary roots,” says Francois-Laurent Nivaud, executive director of Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism. “By creating meaningful interactions and immersive travel opportunities for visitors, this is a perfect example of how tourists and industry partners can engage with one another to celebrate our story.”

Written in 1854, Henry David Thoreau’s Walden has influenced generations of readers while also creating a foundation for the conservation movement across the United States. The Massachusetts Department of Conservation & Recreation oversees the Walden Pond State Reservation, which includes a new Visitor Center and a replica of Thoreau’s cabin. Walden Pond is open year round.

For visitor information about Concord and surrounding cities and towns, go to Greater Merrimack Valley Convention & Visitors Bureau. For details on visiting Massachusetts any time of year, go to