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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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Lovely salt marsh

A very lovely place. Easy, flat, path to walk. It's fairly brief though, you only need an hour here. Take a pamphlet as your guide but leave it before you leave to save on... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 22, 2015
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Holyoke, Massachusetts
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Holyoke, Massachusetts
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

A very lovely place. Easy, flat, path to walk. It's fairly brief though, you only need an hour here. Take a pamphlet as your guide but leave it before you leave to save on paper. Don't miss the compost toilet!

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Greenfield, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

Seeing natural landscapes before area developments changed so much of the area. The natural shore environment with trails for exploring are available. It was off season so did not explore nearly enough but may revisit during the summer.

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Riverview, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

This is a trail/boardwalk with many viewpoints of the marsh and gives a chance to see the change of seasons

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Worcester, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

Lovely, easy walk through a clearly marked path through the woods. There are numbered spots to stop and take in the scenery. Lots of photo opportunities. I wouldn't recommend bringing young children because there is lots of poison ivy, but if you stay on the path you'll be totally fine.

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Newport Center, Vermont
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

Very nice walk for a family. Woods wind down to beautiful views of salt marsh, with many birds to be seen.

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new hampshire
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

This trail was close to our hotel in Wells and we thought we would give it a try. Donations are accepted via a collection box but there is no entrance fee. The path is flat and clear, so very accessible to all. There are many viewing stands to pause at and take in the view and take a few pictures.... More 

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Brookfield, Massachusetts
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

Nice easy hike through beautiful wildlife refuge with historical trail markers. We've been there many times at different seasons. It is always beautiful and worth the trip.

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Arundel, Maine
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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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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