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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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Great walk for everyone including the handicapped

The first time I visited this place I just loved it for many reasons. Its woodsy, peaceful, the... read more

Reviewed yesterday
832peace
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Auburn, Massachusetts
A National Treasure right in Wells, Maine

I've never been much of an environmenntalist but I do rememmber ,as a kid, how it was found that... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
jimmarg37
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Kennebunk, Maine
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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.
  • Excellent63%
  • Very good30%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“salt marsh” (36 reviews)
“nature walk” (14 reviews)
“nice walk” (28 reviews)
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321 Port Rd, Wells, ME 04090-4758
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+1 207-646-9226
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"salt marsh"
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"nature walk"
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"nice walk"
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"mile trail"
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"easy walk"
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"short walk"
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"nice trail"
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"beautiful vistas"
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"wheel chair"
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"wooded area"
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"poison ivy"
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"beautiful spot"
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"great nature"
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"bug spray"
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"peaceful place"
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Reviewed yesterday

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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Reviewed 6 days ago

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

Thank jimmarg37
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NE-NWRS, Outreach Assistant at Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

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 1 week ago

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 1 week ago

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 2 weeks ago 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 1 week ago

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 26 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 1 week ago

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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Reviewed 6 February 2018

Beautiful trail, very easy walking, flat. Went with snow on the ground, just had boots on. Place to park car. 1-mile trail took less than an hour.

1  Thank Marilyn_123_456
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NE-NWRS, Outreach Assistant at Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

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

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Reviewed 5 February 2018

This is a beautiful place to visit, there’s picnic tables and a lovel flat/level well groomed trail to walk on that takes you by the marsh, there’s benches along the way to sit so even a small child or older person can do this walk...More

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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 and for visiting Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge. We are happy to hear you enjoyed your time on the refuge and we hope to have you back soon.

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Reviewed 28 January 2018

This is a mile long walk through well-set trails along the rivers with outstanding views out to the ocean. Dogs are allowed on leash. Our children always enjoyed excursions there. We now enjoy weekly it during spring, summer, and fall, and occasionally on cross-country skis...More

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Reviewed 22 January 2018 via mobile

We enjoy visiting here when we go to Maine. It’s a pretty spot to get a little exercise and very well maintained!

Thank mfisch47
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Reviewed 8 January 2018

I enjoyed the quiet time here especially in the off peak season. There are many natural things to look at and it will revive you!

Thank Richard H
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Response from Jon S | Reviewed this property |
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jamatola j
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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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