Posted on April 16, 2015 and last updated on August 19, 2020

Bass Rock Preserve, Bristol


  • Preserve Size: 11 acres
  • Trail Mileage: .4 miles in network
  • Pets: yes
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Sights: Bass Rock, small cove, mixed hardwoods and conifers

Bass Rock is a teensy-weensy walk with views of Muscongus Bay. It also includes a rock, “a geologic mystery, a 2-ft by 2.5-ft-round, 4-ft-deep hole” in the ledge off the main trail. It’s noted on the association’s map as a “unique formation.”

Directions: 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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