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Horn Pond in Woburn is a Hidden Gem

Horn Pond is a local place where you can enjoy nature walks, hiking, biking and photography. Public parking and street parking. Small boat access.

If you have never heard of , you should read this blog, and then go check it out! I discovered this hidden gem shortly after I moved to Woburn.  It is approximately 2.25 miles around (depending on which path you take) and it's a great spot for cardiovascular activity! Health Nudge: Everyone should aim to get approximately 30 minutes of cardivascular activity per day in order to keep your heart and body in optimal condition!

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Horn Pond is located at the intersection of Arlington Street and Lake Avenue, and it has many trails and paths for walking and biking.  There is a main parking lot, as well as plenty of street parking along Arlington Street and another parking lot on Sturgis Street.  Benches surround the pond, so you can sit and relax and watch the ducks or the kayakers out on the water. 

Meander slowly around the lake for a leisurely stroll, or you can run or take your dog for a walk.  Horn Pond really has it all and it is quiet and beautiful.  Recently, I was walking along and I saw a tiny little snapping turtle all alone on one of the large paths! I knew this wasn't a safe place for him, so I picked him up and gently placed him in the water. (Disclaimer: I have owned many turtles as pets, so I felt completely comfortable doing this. Also, he was the size of a quarter! Remember, turtles carry diseases, so always wash hands thoroughly if you ever handle one!)  Later as I walked around, I was excited to see lots of red eared sliders (another kind of turtle) out basking in the sun! They are so cute, and they can be recognized by distinct red markings where ears would normally be on the sides of their heads.

I have also seen many different types of birds and families of scurrying chipmunks as well as seeing a woodpecker!  Horn Pond is a fantastic place for walks, photography, dog walking and just nature watching.  Also mark your calendars for Horn Pond Day, taking place on May 21, 2011!  Read all about it , and see you at Horn Pond!

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Laurie May 07, 2011 at 03:26 PM
The swans are also in several ponds and are wonderful to watch. They like to nest in the back pond by the public gardening area. The baby swans are adorable (called cygnets). Just be careful not to feed or touch as the mothers are rather protective.
Raquelle Matos May 08, 2011 at 10:09 PM
I love Horn Pond and I love looking at the chipmunks, swans, geese, ducks, etc. I didn't realize there were snapping turtles in the area. Great post!
Tracy May 11, 2011 at 11:58 AM
Does anyone know if there's a guide to Horn Pond? I spend a lot of time walking in the little paths. It would be great to have some sort of map as I sometimes think I'm going to come out at one spot and end up at another. Thanks for the blog!
Deshea Young Harris May 11, 2011 at 03:17 PM
go here for wren's trail map: http://www.waldenfont.com/wren/data/Phase2trailintersectmarkHP768x994.jpg although i prefer this one for the history of the various landmarks: http://www.woburnmaps.com/hornpond/touchmap.gif
Tracy May 12, 2011 at 11:26 AM
Awesome! Thank you soooo much! I think I like the second one as well. Have a great day :)
t. Fromm March 21, 2012 at 06:31 PM
Did you know that there is a lovely children's book that was written by a local author (Jeanne Freeman...retired asst. principal at The Clapp School at the pond) named "Katie's Pond". It's really for school aged children and can be used as a guide if any bring their kids around "The Horn". But it is alos a lovely story. Google it...it's in many local shops in Woburn and surrounding towns.
Rick June 12, 2012 at 02:49 PM
Don't overlook the bluegill nests in the shallows. these are dish-shaped depressions on the lake bottom close to shore that the bluegills lay their eggs in. Male fish hover over the nest "fanning" fresh water over the eggs with their fins while guarding them.

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