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Tom Hillegass' grandson, Walden, is named after the Massachusetts pond made famous by Henry David Thoreau. Walden loves the water (see photo below) and looks forward (we think) to the day when he can scout and enjoy swimming holes with his Granddad.
In anticipation of our future explorations, we are identifying swimming holes that are most family-friendly and designating them as "WALDEN'S PONDS". Family-friendly means that there is easy access to the place (not a long hike)and it is USUALLY safe (be careful- anyplace can be unsafe in high water levels!). Also, there is a gradual entrance to the water, we believe the water to be clean and there is typically not a rowdy, party crowd.
Look for the picture of Walden (above) as you browse swimming holes, OR
To find all the Walden's Ponds for any state go to the HOME page, click on the state you are interested in then use the "EDIT -->FIND" function of your browser to find the word "WALDEN". These will be the swimming holes which we know to be most family-friendly.