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Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge

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Address: Wells, ME
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This Maine wildlife refuge also has a beach on its property.

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Perfect option for a short walk with beautiful views!

Rachel Carson is a wooded flat walking path about a mile long that loops around the estuaries. Perfect for all ages and fitness levels. The path is groomed with approximately... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Cindy_and_Sharon
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Wells, Maine
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Wells, Maine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Rachel Carson is a wooded flat walking path about a mile long that loops around the estuaries. Perfect for all ages and fitness levels. The path is groomed with approximately 10 areas along the trail that have wooden decks (some with benches) that offer scenic views of the ocean, tidal pools and marshes. Rachel Carson was a nature lover and... More 

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Moriah, NY
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We took a hike through the colorful autumn leaves. It is an easy walk on groomed trail, with benches to relax and enjoy the scenery and sounds of the water and wildlife. There are three trees that have grown together...makes a nice photo shoot.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2015

You can't wander off the fenced path, so its a bit tame but there are nice views and it makes for a quiet, short break from whatever you've been doing.

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Great Falls, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2015

We took the dog so there was only one trail we were allowed on but still we had beautiful vistas and a lovely walk. Nicely maintained trail, gorgeous views of tidal areas, marshes and the ocean. Would love to see it in every season.

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Monson
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2015

Although I did not go there on my last visit to the Wells/Ogunquit area, I have toured the site several times in the past. The refuge is primarily an area to walk and enjoy the vista of an estuary. Sometimes song birds and various waterfowl are seen, but never any animals. The trail is a loop and well kept. Some... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2015 via mobile

We were pleased with the views of the trees and the ocean. It was a very easy 1-mile walk. We were also surprised by the number of young people in their 20s and 30s that were taking the walk. This was very encouraging for the future. I recommend that people visit the Rachel Carson Interpretive Center.

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Thank Frank P
Madison, New Hampshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2015

Rachel Carson is an excellent wildlife refuge. We walked the 1 mile circular pathway that overlooks the marsh areas. Very good attraction for kids.

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2015 via mobile

Went here for an early morning walk and was blown away by its beauty. The hike is very easy and seems short (1 mile?). It is not wheelchair accessible, but would be an easy hike for someone who doesn't have a lot of stamina. Lots of gorgeous fall foliage viewing and very peaceful. So glad we did this!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2015

Easy to find. Brisk day but great place for a walk. Paths are well maintained and lead you around down to the water. Wonderful views of the autumn colors out over the water/marshes etc. We didn't see much wild life but loads of variety of flora, fauna...plants, trees etc. of all sorts. Perfect for a walk on any day but... More 

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Watertown, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2015

If raining we walk here instead of on Wells Beach. Beautiful views. Very nice walking paths. You can see the river and marsh of the Rachel Carson Wildlife Refuge from Misty Harbor Resort.

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