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Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge

Address: Wells, ME
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Ranked #2 of 20 Attractions in Wells
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Beaches, Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities
Activities: Birdwatching, Hiking, Viewing wildlife, Walking
Owner description: This Maine wildlife refuge also has a beach on its property.
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Type: Beaches, Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities
Activities: Birdwatching, Hiking, Viewing wildlife, Walking
Owner description: This Maine wildlife refuge also has a beach on its property.

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Wells, Maine
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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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381 reviews 381 reviews
49 attraction reviews
172 helpful votes 172 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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44 reviews 44 reviews
17 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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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17 attraction reviews
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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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 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
6 helpful votes 6 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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12 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 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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Montreal
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30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

If you get a chance to take a few hours out of your hectic lifestyle and just want to lose yourself in Mother Nature then this place is for you. Named after marine biologist and environmentalist Rachel Carson this refuge is part of the National Wildlife Refuge System. The trail is an easy one mile loop with multiple areas to... More 

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