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Bass Rock Preserve on Back Shore Road in the village of Round Pond in Bristol, Maine, came to its current size of 11 acres with approximately 1,350 feet of deepwater frontage on Muscongus Bay via two donations to PWA. First, in 2009, PWA accepted the formal transfer from The Nature Conservancy (TNC) of two lots totaling 10 acres. These 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 to PWA the one-acre lot between the two TNC lots, thus uniting the preserve into one parcel.
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 diverges. The yellow-blazed trail goes right and leads to a rocky beach, whereas 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 upon Muscongus Bay toward Friendship from the wide expanses of exposed ledge.
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Directions to Bass Rock Preserve
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. Trail head starts at the kiosk.
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