Ownership: Harris Center
Rye Pond is an acid fen with both open water and an extensive bog mat and exceptional diversity of bog flora including sundews, pitcher plants, bladderworts, and buckbean. The pond actually straddles three towns: Antrim, Nelson and Stoddard. It is a warm water fishery and has limited car-top boat access from the Virginia Baker Natural Area, off Route 123.
In 1995, the Harris Center for Conservation Education was able to protect 26 acres on the eastern end of Rye Pond with help from many generous donors, including the Baker family.
There are no established trails at Rye Pond, though you can follow an angler’s path partway around the pond on the eastern shore.
Directions: From Hancock village, drive west on Route 123. About a mile past Willard Pond Road, you’ll see Rye Pond on the right
Use Policies: Dogs allowed on a leash.