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Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge

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Address: Wells, ME
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Activities: Birdwatching, Hiking, Viewing wildlife, Walking
Description: This Maine wildlife refuge also has a beach on its property.

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Most recent review
Easy walk - Great veiwes

Well laid out 20 minute walk through the Maine woods. Ocean views, rivers birds and quiet. What more could you want?

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 23, 2015
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Arundel, Maine
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Arundel, Maine
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

Well laid out 20 minute walk through the Maine woods. Ocean views, rivers birds and quiet. What more could you want?

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Wells, Maine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

Well worth a leisurely stroll--plan on 90 minutes. Definitely one of the nicest things about Wells, ME. My strong advice::::Bring binoculars!! The walk is peppered with viewing stations that provide expansive grassy vistas of Salt marsh- It's a very easy stroll that you can do in flip-flops--no need for hiking boots. A good idea is to have Mosquito repellent on... More 

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Portland, Maine
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57 attraction reviews
192 helpful votes 192 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

This wildlife refuge is just beautiful...great place to walk and take in all the wonderful aspects of the local nature...woods, water, and the birds. When we dine at the Maine Diner,which is not far away...weather permitting, we always take a right just after the diner and make the short drive to the Rachel Carson National Preserve. Perfect spot to relax,... More 

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Vermont
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45 reviews 45 reviews
17 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

Nice trails, rest rooms, activities and interpretive center. Good place to see a variety of salt marsh habitat, wildlife and nature at its best.

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Northumberland, Pennsylvania
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

This is a nice pleasant, easy walk through the woods and along marshes. Experience a peaceful walk through nature with the contrast of woods, marshes and the ocean in the distance. A very nice experience.

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Bow, New Hampshire
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

I highly recommend this beach in the winter - it's not crowded and quite beautiful. Great rocks, sand and seagulls! A very peaceful place to be. Parking is close to the beach.

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Arundel, Maine
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014

The RCNWR is one of the best one-mile round-trip strolls going. Boardwalks or flat pathways throughout, benches at strategic spots, and educational information about woods and estuaries to inform. We've seen kids in strollers and elders working their way around the loop on many occasions. Close to Wells and Route One but quiet as a nature preserve should be. Bring... More 

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Wells, Maine
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22 reviews 22 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Love to walk the paths and look at local fauna and flora. If you are lucky you might see some wild animals. Lots of birds to watch.

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Weare, NH
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35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014

This is a small refuge by national standards, but the interpretive trail (Rachel Carson Trail) is top notch. It explains the habitats of the refuge well without being to extensive and provides a very nice brief biographic perspective on Rachel Carson, one of the 20th centuries giants in conservation and environmental protection. This is a great stop for a short... More 

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Burlington, VT
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

Beautiful easy walk. Peaceful. Views of large birds, estuaries. Bring binoculars. This is easy to get to, and offers a variety of different paths.

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