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Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge

Wells, ME
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Ranked #2 of 20 Attractions in Wells
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Beaches, Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Outdoors
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, Outdoors
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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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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41 reviews 41 reviews
10 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 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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31 reviews 31 reviews
3 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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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Libertyville, Illinois
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60 reviews 60 reviews
14 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

take this 1.1 mile loop thru the woods and the estuary. the scenery changes every step and every day. good way to get some exercise and calm down.

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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57 reviews 57 reviews
10 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

We recently holidayed in Wells and we stayed very close. So close that we walked this refuge each day, and it was fascinating. We went at different times each day and walked the route in different directions. Saw interesting wildlife, but really was a beautiful walk with stunning views.

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Newtown, CT
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36 reviews 36 reviews
8 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

We were looking for a good place to stretch our legs after a long car ride and this was just the place. There is a nicely maintained trail that takes you to a number of viewing areas. We saw several birds and heard even more. The maps include descriptions of the marsh land, flora and fauna. Definitely a beautiful place... More 

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Holden, Massachusetts
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27 attraction reviews
85 helpful votes 85 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 via mobile

No bells and whistles here. Just a beautiful, quiet setting for a great easy walk. We were hoping to see more wildlife, but sometimes it's the time of day or other circumstances. Still, the colors were still vibrant and it was a peaceful place to be.

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Royal Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

Visited in late September and at several points along the walk you can see beautiful views of the water meandering into the Atlantic. This and the changing leaves make for a great little walk, well worth a stop if travelling up the Maine coast.

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Rochester, New York
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

My wife and I decided to visit the reserve while spending the week in Ogunquit. I'm so glad we did. The one-mile walking path was easy to handle and featured some breathtaking scenery. The Autumn weather and bright foliage added to the beauty of the place. Highly recommended!

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