Bass Rock Preserve

Length: 0.35 miles


  • easy

Permitted Use:

Bass Rock Preserve, an 11-acre gem near the village of Round Pond, features 1,350 feet of deepwater frontage on Muscongus Bay. Inn 2009, PWA accepted the formal transfer from The Nature Conservancy (TNC) of two lots totaling 10 acres. The two lots, which were separated by a privately held lot, were originally donated to TNC in 1973 by Bryan and Elfrida Holme. In 2013, Dr. F. Towne Allen of Centerport, NY, donated the middle one-acre lot, thus uniting the preserve into one property.

Managing organization: Coastal Rivers Conservation Trust


Bass Rock Preserve is dominated by mixed hardwoods and conifers on the bank of Muscongus Sound. A short trail leads from the road to the shore, and, near the shore, the trail splits. The yellow-blazed trail goes right and leads to a rocky beach, while the green-blazed trail goes left past a unique hole in a ledge and then loops around back to the main trail. On either side of the cove, visitors can look out on Muscongus Bay toward Friendship from the wide expanses of exposed ledge.

Directions to Trailhead

The trailhead is located at 235 Back Shore Rd in Round Pond. Take Route 32 to Round Pond. At the Granite Hall Store, take the north fork (to the left of the store), which is Back Shore Road. The preserve is about 1.1 miles on the right. The trail head starts at the kiosk.

Preserve Guidelines

Please click here for guidelines to this preserve.
> Download a printable version of the preserve map here.

map of Bass Rock Preserve