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Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge

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321 Port Rd, Wells, ME 04090-4758
+1 207-646-9226
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Nice quiet walk, Free parking!

Pulled in picked up a map & started walking, there are compost restrooms, picnic tables at parking... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
KAD56
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Belmont,Ma
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Relaxing

It's not a trip to Maine without a visit to Rachel Carson. Nice relaxing walk thru the woods... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
dan c
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enfield, ct
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“salt marsh”(36 reviews)
“nature walk”(14 reviews)
“nice walk”(28 reviews)
About
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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+1 207-646-9226
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"nature walk"
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"nice walk"
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"nice trail"
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"wooded area"
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"poison ivy"
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"beautiful spot"
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Pulled in picked up a map & started walking, there are compost restrooms, picnic tables at parking area. We walked the 2 mile loop thru the marsh, saw chipmunks, birds, wood pecker, & fiddle gear ferns! Nice & relaxing,

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It's not a trip to Maine without a visit to Rachel Carson. Nice relaxing walk thru the woods. Today we had the place pretty much to ourselves....well except for the wildlife. Always fun watching the birds and those rascally chipmunks. If you are looking for...More

Thank dan c
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NE-NWRS, Outreach Assistant at Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your review, Dan. We are happy to hear you enjoyed your visit to Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge and we hope to see you back soon.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a nice way to see some marsh land and enjoy the birds in the area. It is an easy pathway to follow.

Thank Pat S
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NE-NWRS, Outreach Assistant at Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your kind review, Pat. We are glad to hear you enjoyed your visit to Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge and we hope to see you back soon.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Such a beautiful trail with signs along the way..do informative..no rushing..allows you and your group to go at your own pace..perfect in Spring,Summer and Autumn....and it is free....though you can make donations to different groups who keep the trails up

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

this is a very nice 1 mile or so hike over and through various terrain. Woods, Seaside, marshland, etc. We went on a Sunday morning and although not alone, it was not overcrowded at all. My friend had her dog in his stroller and he...More

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NE-NWRS, Outreach Assistant at Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for your kind review, mjs7844. We are so happy you enjoyed your visit to Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge and we hope to see you back soon.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The first time I visited this place I just loved it for many reasons. Its woodsy, peaceful, the views are great, and everyone can enjoy this place because its also handicapped accessible. I go every year while I am staying the weekend in the area...More

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NE-NWRS, Outreach Assistant at Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for your kind review, 832peace. We are so happy you enjoyed your visit to Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge and we hope to see you back soon.

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Reviewed 15 April 2018

I've never been much of an environmenntalist but I do rememmber ,as a kid, how it was found that DDT was killing the birds. I remember too that the Charles River in Boston (like many others then) was a polluted mess. I remember that Rachel...More

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NE-NWRS, Outreach Assistant at Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded 16 April 2018

Thank you for your kind review, jimmarg37. We are glad you enjoyed your trip to Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge and we hope to see you back soon.

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Reviewed 9 April 2018

We stopped in to check it out because we had been in the area for a wedding. So happens, the happy couple had met there years prior so it was fitting to take a stroll there. Lovely scenery, great walking path. Bathrooms a plus.

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NE-NWRS, Outreach Assistant at Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded 13 April 2018

Thank you for your kind review and for visiting Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge. We hope to see you back soon.

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Reviewed 7 April 2018 via mobile

I walked the Carson Trail at the Refuge in Wells. The easy walking path winds around through the tidal salt marsh and forest. It was early April with snow predicted the next day so it was too early to see many of the returning shorebirds,...More

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NE-NWRS, Outreach Assistant at Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded 13 April 2018

Thank you for visiting Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge! We are so happy to hear you enjoyed your time on our trails and hope to see you back soon. Be sure to come back May through August for the chance to see piping plovers, a...More

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Reviewed 25 February 2018

Took baby in stroller, older kids and adults beautiful path and scenery and wildlife, bathrooms available, shaded, very nice.

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NE-NWRS, Outreach Assistant at Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded 13 April 2018

Thank you for visiting Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge! We are so happy to hear you enjoyed spending time with your family on our trails. We hope to see you back soon.

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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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