Joanne Bass Bross Preserve

Peterborough, NH


What makes this place special?

When the Conservancy acquired the Joanne Bass Bross Preserve in January 2001, it not only conserved 501 acres of diverse forests and rocky ridges, it created a large 2,700-acre swath of contiguous conserved lands by connecting Miller State Park on Pack Monadnock Mountain with the Wapack National Fish and Wildlife Refuge on North Pack.   Hikers can experience the benefits of this connection firsthand by traversing the 21-mile Wapack Trail, which passes through a corner of the Conservancy’s preserve north of Pack Monadnock.  Along the way, excellent views of Mount Monadnock, the White Mountains, and Uncanoonucs can be had from the ledges and rock outrcops. Hawk watching is outstanding during migration periods, with more than 3,400 broad-winged hawks and other raptors observed on a single day in 2010.  Northern hardwood forests along the trails provide the opportunity to see spring wildflowers like trillium, pink lady’s slippers, and wood sorrel.

How was this place protected?
The Nature Conservancy partnered with the New England Forestry Foundation (NEFF) and the Monadnock Conservancy to acquire the preserve.  The Monadnock Conservancy identified the land and organized local support.  NEFF negotiated the agreement with the landowner, and the Conservancy agreed to purchase and manage the land with help from local contributions.  The preserve is named after Joanne Bass Bross, who loved the outdoors and spent many afternoons exploring this property.  

How can I explore this place?

You can most directly reach the Joanne Bass Bross preserve from Miller State Park.  From the base parking area, hike up Pack Monadnock on either the Wapack Trail (yellow triangles) or the Marion Davis Trail which passes through the Conservancy’s land. From the parking area at the summit, follow the Summit Loop Trail (red dots) and look for a small wooden outlook sign (right side of trail), and then follow the path to a scenic overlook and bench dedicated to Joanne Bass Bross.  These trails are moderate, but include several rock slabs and boulders, which can be slippery when wet.

Trail maps and further information:

Download the Wapack Trail Guide from the Friends of Wapack.
Download the Miller State Park Trail Guide (also available at the park).


To Miller State Park: From Peterborough, go east on Route 101. Near Temple Mountain Ski Area (discontinued), turn left into Miller State Park.

From Wilton, go west on Route 101. Just after Temple Mountain Ski Area, turn right into Miller State Park.

To Wapack Trail trailhead terminus from downtown Peterborough: Route 202 (Concord Street) north, turn right onto Sand Hill Road. Follow Sand Hill Road all the way to end (3+ miles from Old Street Road). Turn right at Old Mountain Road. Go almost .9 mile to Wapack trailhead on right.


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