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Rachel Carson Salt Pond Preserve

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Safe roadside parking (rare on Route 32 in that area); good views, lots of rocks for you... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Washington DC, District of Columbia
A treasure trove

We heard about this place on the Seal Watch cruise. We decided to check it out, and it was... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Andrea G
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Off Route 32, New Harbor, ME
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Safe roadside parking (rare on Route 32 in that area); good views, lots of rocks for you collectors. Wonderful views of Long Cove.

Thank jrjojo
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We heard about this place on the Seal Watch cruise. We decided to check it out, and it was definitely worth the time. If you like that sort of thing. It isn't particularly exciting, unless you are into natural beauty and sea life, etc. We...More

Thank Andrea G
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This Pond becomes visible as the tide recedes. Often small creatures get trapped in this. Crabs, and snails mostly. It gets to be about 3 feet deep. Caution: the access is across very many rocks. Those covered with seaweed are very slippery. This area is...More

Thank SouthEndGuy
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Exploring the tidal pools is fun - seeing which animals are stranded by the tides. Good exploring; fascinating locale and history

Thank Abrub
Reviewed 11 July 2018 via mobile

The tide was out and the water in the pond was very clear. Shells, pebbles and weed but not much life. Did not appear to be much different to others in the area.

Thank Tyke49Wales
Reviewed 6 July 2018

Marine life that was in this type of tidal pool years ago has all but disappeared. Gone are the sea urchins, starfish, sea cucumbers, etc. and what is left is minimal. Rachael Carson had a very controversial career and from that stand point this tidal...More

Thank 998susana
Reviewed 10 April 2018

A lovely area with views of the ocean and local villages. Several restaurants and shops nearby. A lobster pound and harbor with wildlife tours right down the road. Most importantly, an historic site for Carson's research on protection of the ocean environment.

Thank Ladmills
Reviewed 22 August 2017

This preserve provides a great chance to see tide pool creatures and about a hundred kinds of sea weed up close. Also beautiful scenery, and the upland part of the preserve has a pretty walking trail. Go at low tide for access to the salt...More

Thank WrenCottage
Reviewed 11 August 2017

We went to the salt pond twice! My son (12) spent a couple of hours each time roaming around the salt pond looking for green crabs, periwinkles, etc. and took many pictures.

Thank Matt S
Reviewed 11 July 2017

Great place to take the kids at low tide. Beautiful natural wading pool with all the expected little creatures at your children's feet. Great view of Monhegan Island.

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