Bass Rock Preserve

The Bass Rock Preserve features a short and easy hike to the rocky shores of the Muscongus Sound. Bass Rock also features a geologic mystery: a perfectly round four foot deep hole in the rock of unknown origin.
Trail Activity
0.4 miles, Round Trip
Dirt/Forest Floor, Rock/Ledge


Bass Rock Preserve is dominated by mixed hardwoods and conifers on the bank of Muscongus Sound, with approximately 1,150 feet of deepwater frontage. A short trail leads from the road to the shore, and, near the shore, the trail diverges and leads to a rocky beach and small cove. On either side of the cove, visitors can look out upon Muscongus Bay toward Friendship from the wide expanses of exposed ledge. Consider the tide as you plan your hike for optimal access to the shore and take care on the slippery rocks.

The Pemaquid Watershed Association accepted the formal transfer from The Nature Conservancy (TNC) of the 10-acre Bass Rock Preserve on Back Shore Road in the village of Round Pond in Bristol, Maine, in 2009. The preserve originally was donated to TNC in 1973 by Bryan and Elfrida Holme.

Other Information

Visitors are welcome to enjoy this preserve during daylight hours. Fires are not permitted on the property. Leashed dogs are permitted. 

Note that a small portion of the preserve lies to the north, separated from the main portion by private property.

Trail Manager

For more information visit the Coastal Rivers Conservation Trust website, or contact:

Coastal Rivers Conservation Trust

Coastal Rivers Conservation Trust
PO Box 333
Damariscotta, ME 04543
Phone: (207) 563-1393
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Trailhead Information

From either US Route 1 in Waldoboro or ME Route 130 in Bristol, take ME Route 32 to Round Pond. Take Back Shore Road at the Granite Hall Store (continue on Back Shore Road by taking the left, north fork). The preserve is about 1.1 miles on the right. Trailhead starts at the kiosk.

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