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Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge

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Opens in 28 min: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Open today: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
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Great place for a walk

Great trail for a walk. Trails are in good shape, very flat & relatively dry. Lots of places to... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Jeanette D
Middlesex, NY
Beautiful Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Tidal Marshes

My wife and I had been here before. On this trip we brought our son, his wife, and our 16 month... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
John R
Tucson, Arizona
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“salt marsh”(37 reviews)
“nice walk”(31 reviews)
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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.
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321 Port Rd, Wells, ME 04090-4758
+1 207-646-9226
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Great trail for a walk. Trails are in good shape, very flat & relatively dry. Lots of places to stop & read about the area you are looking at.

Thank Jeanette D
Reviewed 4 days ago

Maybe after seeing so many great scenes, i.e., fall foliage, rocky shorelines, mountain vistas, etc., our expectations were a bit higher, but the one-mile walk around the Refuge was kinda boring. Nice and tranquil but not much else. However, if I was a runner, it...More

Thank Mike R
Reviewed 5 days ago

My wife and I had been here before. On this trip we brought our son, his wife, and our 16 month old granddaughter. The refuge is a 1 mile flat loop walk around a tidal marsh. It is truly beautiful and informative. Before you take...More

Thank John R
Reviewed 6 days ago

There wasn't much wildlife, but the views of the salt marsh and Atlantic were beautiful. The trail is a ~1 mile loop and has 11 "interpretive stops" to take pictures. If you're looking for good landscape shots, the beginning (stops 2-3 in particular) and near...More

Thank AmeiK30
Reviewed 1 week ago

This refuge is clean and well organized. There are places to stop and take pictures along the way. We went in the mid morning before it was crowded. Wonderful nature vistas.

Thank EilSat
Reviewed 1 week ago

You can drive in and see some of the refuge but then have to pay to do an actual visit. The wildlife mostly birds are interesting to observe. The grasses, trees, veggitation is amazing, the colors depending when you go are out of this world....More

Thank John V
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This place is off the beaten path, but if you like nature, it's worth it. We took some pretty photos. Anyone can walk this path, but note that unless you have a rugged baby carriage, the terrain might be a little tough. And, if you...More

Thank MelissaG3605
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you are looking for a place to just get away from the crowds, this is the spot. Nice and quiet area to hopefully catch a glimpse of wildlife in its natural surroundings. Not a long walk and easy walking. Small free parking area, but...More

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NE-NWRS, Outreach Assistant at Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks for taking the time to write a review. We appreciate it. We are glad to hear you enjoyed your visit to Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge and we hope to see you back soon.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Sunny afternoon in September, what better to do than learn about the ecology of the area. An easy walk along the marshland.

Thank nigmal
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a lovely place, with a nice walkable trail with lookouts and information at each stop. I was a bit disappointed that it's rather too much of a dog-walking area, with the result that one sees fewer birds than at other refuges, but it...More

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August 6, 2017|
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Response from Jon S | Reviewed this property |
Yes, they are
jamatola j
October 9, 2016|
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.