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Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge

#2 of 26 things to do in Wells Features Animals
Wells, ME 04090
+1 207-646-9226
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Relaxing walk

We didn't see many birds or wildlife, but it was a pleasant walk around the salt marsh preserve... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Crestview, Florida
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Stunning nature walk

Can't miss the 1 mile walk on the Rachel Carson trail. You'll walk around a tidal marsh with... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Erin C
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This Maine wildlife refuge also has a beach on its property.
  • Excellent63%
  • Very good31%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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“nice walk” (23 reviews)
Wells, ME 04090
+1 207-646-9226
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We didn't see many birds or wildlife, but it was a pleasant walk around the salt marsh preserve. The path is wide and flat, and there is a brochure that explains each of the viewpoints along the way.

Thank kmsmolen
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Can't miss the 1 mile walk on the Rachel Carson trail. You'll walk around a tidal marsh with picturesque views of the marsh and ocean beyond. It's peaceful and beautiful and a great way to spend a bit of time when you're ready for a...More

Thank Erin C
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We took our kids ages 8 and 10 for a hike through here. It is a well marked, relatively flat trail through the woods. We were able to easily complete it under 45 minutes. The scenery was beautiful. A great free activity if you can...More

Thank Cheryl W
Reviewed 1 week ago

While this part of Maine is beautiful, it is also quite built up, leaving few places to truly enjoy its natural beauty. The Wildlife Refuge is one of a few places in the area where you can do that. The one mile trail through the...More

Thank gbruels
Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife and I have been stopping By Rachel Carson's Wildlife Preserve for nearly 20 year's. Some of the paths are in need of TLC, but it is always a wonderful visit. This year I was able to see the beauty of Lady Slippers in...More

Thank Michael M
Reviewed 1 week ago

nice 1 mile even ground walk - one small hill. trail has several benches along the way to sit and enjoy view over marshes.

Thank pevbusiness
Reviewed 1 week ago

The walk here is not too long, the trail is well maintained, and the views are beautiful. In addition, the information at each stop is educational and helps you to learn about the area.

Thank gloriamaris
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is about as good as it gets. The scenery is beautiful, the path is easy and wheel chair friendly, and there are benches placed strategically along the approximate one mile walk. If you're interested in nature, be sure and pick up a brochure before...More

1  Thank chris k
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Rachel Carlson Wildlife Refuge is a unique expanse of preserved land to protect the environment. This section of the refuge offers views to several different eco systems. The trail is wide and suitable for all ages to enjoy. Keep ypur eyes open for Lady Slippers...More

Thank lkmartin1207
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We had fun walking with our toddlers. The parking was a little tight, not sure where people can park when the lot is full, but I guess the turnover is pretty quick. The views are nice and the path is wide enough for the double...More

Thank Eve1717
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jamatola j
Where is the closest place to camp after visiting Rachel Carson NWR? Preferably a government campground (USFS, NPS, BLM or USFS or county). thanks
10 October 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.