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Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge

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321 Port Rd, Wells, ME 04090-4758
+1 207-646-9226
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Heed Her Words

We would be wise to heed Rachel Carson’s words. Our world is intertwined and each piece is vitally... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
vsbrinkman
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San Diego, California
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Nice Walk

This was a nice short hike with several viewpoints along the way. Views of the marsh lands, salt... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Eileen C
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Vernon, Vermont
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Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge was established to protect valuable salt marshes and estuaries for migratory birds. Visitors can enjoy wildlife viewing year-around on the refuge.
  • Excellent63%
  • Very good30%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“salt marsh” (36 reviews)
“nature walk” (14 reviews)
“nice walk” (28 reviews)
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321 Port Rd, Wells, ME 04090-4758
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+1 207-646-9226
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"salt marsh"
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"nature walk"
in 14 reviews
"nice walk"
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"mile trail"
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"easy walk"
in 21 reviews
"short walk"
in 15 reviews
"nice trail"
in 6 reviews
"beautiful vistas"
in 6 reviews
"wheel chair"
in 5 reviews
"wooded area"
in 7 reviews
"beautiful spot"
in 7 reviews
"great nature"
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"bug spray"
in 9 reviews
"peaceful place"
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"all ages"
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"hidden gem"
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"maine coast"
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We would be wise to heed Rachel Carson’s words. Our world is intertwined and each piece is vitally dependent on its kin. The parking lot is small but the trail isn’t long, so turnover occurs frequently. This is a National Refuge area so the trail...More

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Reviewed 6 days ago

This was a nice short hike with several viewpoints along the way. Views of the marsh lands, salt flats and the ocean. All flat ground easy walking.

Thank Eileen C
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a flat path (one mile in total) that is perfect or all ability levels. Wonderful overlooks to the river and marsh.

Thank Evelyn M
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Really enjoyed this brief, flat and easy to walk trail. It was only a mile and most anyone mobile could accomplish this walk. Lovely views of the marsh, river and sea. But the quiet and peace of the forest was great. We saw lady slippers!...More

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NE-NWRS, Outreach Assistant at Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded today

Thank you for taking the time to write a review and share some of your experiences on the refuge. We are glad to hear you enjoyed your visit and we hope to see you back soon.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We enjoyed kayaking through the Refuge. We saw everything from geese and their baby goslings to White Heron and great blue heron, seagulls, crabs and fish. Beautiful views throughout.

Thank Christine D
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This reserve is a very easy flat hike, lots of birds the lady slippers had just bloomed and there were lots of them.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

"The Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge was established to preserve ten important estuaries that are key points along migration routes of waterfowl and other migratory birds." - Wikipedia This well marked, handicap accessible loop trail runs through the woods to the marsh and back to...More

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Reviewed May 17, 2018 via mobile

Pulled in picked up a map & started walking, there are compost restrooms, picnic tables at parking area. We walked the 2 mile loop thru the marsh, saw chipmunks, birds, wood pecker, & fiddle gear ferns! Nice & relaxing,

Thank KAD56
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NE-NWRS, Outreach Assistant at Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded today

Thank you for your review. We are glad to hear you enjoyed your visit to Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge and we hope to see you back soon.

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Reviewed May 14, 2018 via mobile

It's not a trip to Maine without a visit to Rachel Carson. Nice relaxing walk thru the woods. Today we had the place pretty much to ourselves....well except for the wildlife. Always fun watching the birds and those rascally chipmunks. If you are looking for...More

Thank dan c
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NE-NWRS, Outreach Assistant at Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded May 15, 2018

Thank you for your review, Dan. We are happy to hear you enjoyed your visit to Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge and we hope to see you back soon.

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Reviewed May 9, 2018

This is a nice way to see some marsh land and enjoy the birds in the area. It is an easy pathway to follow.

Thank Pat S
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NE-NWRS, Outreach Assistant at Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded May 10, 2018

Thank you for your kind review, Pat. We are glad to hear you enjoyed your visit to Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge and we hope to see you back soon.

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finbit
August 6, 2017|
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Response from Jon S | Reviewed this property |
Yes, they are
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jamatola j
October 9, 2016|
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Response from Dacw6 | Reviewed this property |
The NWR is in wells Maine. There are three sites within 5 miles. Sea vu, wells beach resort, moody beach rv camping. We didn't get to go but went to ogunquit Maine. I'm sure some around there as well.
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