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Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge

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Closed Now: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Open today: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
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Great walk for nature lovers or just enjoying the outdoors

The Rachel Carson Wildlife Refuge is a great way to enjoy the outdoors with a walk through the... read more

Reviewed today
Gorham, Maine
Nice break from the beach

Love walking the loop at the wildlife refuge - the views are very pretty and on a hot day it is... read more

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South Windsor, Connecticut
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“salt marsh”(37 reviews)
“nice walk”(31 reviews)
“mile trail”(15 reviews)
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 today

The Rachel Carson Wildlife Refuge is a great way to enjoy the outdoors with a walk through the woods. It borders a marsh where you will see many beautiful wildlife (Have to be a bit quiet) The day we went we saw Blue Herons &...More

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Reviewed today

We stopped here to see what the refuge had to offer. There was a nice walking trail through the woods that had a number of observation points with views of the salt marsh. Didn't see a lot of birds, but that could have been due...More

Thank Dick T
Reviewed yesterday

Love walking the loop at the wildlife refuge - the views are very pretty and on a hot day it is mostly shaded so it is a nice break from the beach. Walk is about a mile long so we plan for about an hour...More

Thank blueskies4me
Reviewed 5 days ago

As permanent residents of Wells, we love to take our dog here for her walks. We often see deer along the outer marsh and many different birds are usually feeding in the marsh as well. The actual walking trail is easy and the important spots...More

Thank Rich O
Reviewed 1 week ago

Well maintained trail with multiple stopping points that are marked and matched with a printed guide. Views all the way out to the ocean! For environmentalists, this is a wonderful excursion into Rachel Carson's passion for wildlife protection.

Thank kathysong
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

After a large breakfast this was just what we needed to try and walk off those extra pounds. Easy parking and well maintained paths of bark chippings there is a leaflet for a lesuirely self guided stroll. As you pause at the points of interest...More

Thank nia57
Reviewed 1 week ago

I (Rachel) love to go here with my son (Carson). The approximate 1 mile loop takes you through the sanctuary offering you beautiful view points in 10 locations. The path is wide and young children can easily walk it but if not, it is accessible...More

Thank Rachel M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Extremely well layed out walks with great describing signs. A must do if you want to see wetlands up close.

Thank Codfish1
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

After several visits to the area we decided to check this out. Nice walk. Nothing spectacular. Trails are clearly marked. Nice way to kill some time and get the kids moving.

Thank Peter T
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Rachel Carson fought hard to alert mankind to the dangers of destroying and polluting our natural resources and to preserve this site. Easy trail to walk, handicap accessible and benches along the way as well. Enjoy this important, natural site, the lovely views of the...More

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