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Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge

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Peaceful walk

Found this gem a couple of years ago ..... My husband and I love walking around the grounds. I... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Mara D
Expansive refuge with wonderful, picturesque wetlands

An unexpected find was this Wildlife Refuge, quite large given the size of the town. Peaceful and... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Peter R
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“salt marsh”(38 reviews)
“nice walk”(34 reviews)
“mile trail”(15 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
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed August 1, 2016

I visited the Rachel Carson twice while on a mini-vacation in Southern Maine. On the first visit on Sunday, I found the Visitor Center closed. It’s open only Monday to Friday from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Admission here is free. On Sunday, I met...More

7  Thank Maurene_K
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed April 17, 2013

We have been to this reserve a few times. It is an easy hike and would be suitable for children. You do not have to be in good shape to do this walk. The trail is well marked and loops around to where you started....More

3  Thank Rockport4
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Found this gem a couple of years ago ..... My husband and I love walking around the grounds. I love taking photos and there are plenty of opportunities to do that.More

Thank Mara D
NE-NWRS, Public Relations Manager at Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Hi Mara, Thanks for your review! Come back and enjoy the trails and the wildlife anytime. Since you love taking photos of the wildlife and scenery at the refuge here are some tips on where to look: saltmarsh sparrows and other salt marsh wading birds...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

An unexpected find was this Wildlife Refuge, quite large given the size of the town. Peaceful and picturesque. Nice for walking or kayaking. Would be a great place to take your camera.

Thank Peter R
NE-NWRS, Public Relations Manager at Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Hi Peter, Thanks for your review! Come back and enjoy the trails and the wildlife anytime. Sincerely, Rachel Carson NWR Staff

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I enjoy coming to the Rachel Carson Nation Wildlife Refuge every time I go to Maine. The walk is on a flat surface; the scenery is beautiful, among the trees, with views of the marsh. There are outlooks where one can see the ocean in...More

Thank jstrohbehn
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

One of my favorite parks. Great views and exceptionally maintained trails. Clean park. One trail that is paved.

Thank abigaillee1206
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We have been coming here for several years. Love to take our bassets for a walk along the trails. There is just so much beauty to see everywhere. Just a nice clean place to enjoy the world.

Thank WILLIAM R
Reviewed 5 weeks 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 5 weeks 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 October 14, 2018

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 October 13, 2018

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 October 8, 2018

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
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finbit
August 6, 2017|
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Response from Jon S | Reviewed this property |
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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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