LaVerna Preserve

LaVerna Preserve

Click to view a downloadable pdf brochure about LaVerna Preserve, with directions and trail map.

PWA accepted the formal transfer from The Nature Conservancy (TNC) of the 120-acre LaVerna Preserve in the village of Chamberlain in Bristol, Maine, in 2009. This expansive preserve features some 3,600 feet of shoreline, 2.5 miles of trails, and a diverse array of wildlife habitat, including mixed hardwoods, coniferous forests, forested wetlands, freshwater marsh, and gently sloping overgrown farmland.

The preserve was acquired in three parcels from 1965 through 1973. Dr. Elizabeth Hoyt and her sister, Mrs. Anna Mavor, donated a 30-acre parcel; their family trust, the La Verna Foundation, donated a 55-acre parcel; and The Nature Conservancy purchased the remaining 34-acre parcel at the southwest end of the preserve.

The most conspicuous rock types along LaVerna Preserve's shore are thinly layered medium grey metamorphic rocks. Photo by Janet McMahon.

The most conspicuous rock types along LaVerna Preserve’s shore are thinly layered medium grey metamorphic rocks. Photo by Janet McMahon.

For information about the rocks and geologic history of LaVerna Preserve, see this Maine Geologic Survey Report.

The Portland Press Herald printed a feature article about LaVerna in March 2010.

Directions to LaVerna Preserve

Take Route 32 south from Round Pond. Go 3.5 miles south of the Round Pond Post Office (which is the same as 3 miles north of New Harbor Center). Notice Ocean Hill cemetery on your right. Soon after the cemetery, there is a parking area for the prerserve on the right (west side of road). Preserve access is gained by following a trail located directly across Route 32 from the parking lot.


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Adopt-a-Trail Program Sponsor

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Since 2009, Masters Machine Company has sponsored the LaVerna Preserve as part of PWA’s Adopt-A-Trail Program.

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Preserve photography by Hannah McGhee and Laurie Herron (#10).

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