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Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge

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Best easy walk in all types of weather!

I have been to this Reserve countless times over the past 20 years. Recently my husband and I... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
MargaretC1366
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Stoneham, Massachusetts
Great place for a quick walk

We visit Rachel Carson at least 20 times a year. It’s a great place for a quick walk to spot some... read more

Reviewed December 17, 2018
24jonr
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Toms River, New Jersey
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“nice walk”(35 reviews)
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Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge was established to protect valuable salt marshes and estuaries for migratory birds. Visitors can enjoy wildlife viewing year-around on the refuge.
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321 Port Rd, Wells, ME 04090-4758
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Reviewed 6 days ago

I have been to this Reserve countless times over the past 20 years. Recently my husband and I moved to a mile from the Rachel Carson. We tried to go there a few weeks ago, but as the government was closed, the going was tough....More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank MargaretC1366
Reviewed December 17, 2018 via mobile

We visit Rachel Carson at least 20 times a year. It’s a great place for a quick walk to spot some birds and just relax near the marsh. There is a one mile loop trail that wanders through the trees and along the tidal marsh....More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank 24jonr
Reviewed December 11, 2018

Definitely worth the visit, and can be combined with other sites of interest in Kennebunkport area. I recommend going off season or carrying mosquito netting or spray to ward off insects. The walk is an easy one. The scenery is lovely.More

Date of experience: January 2018
Thank Audrey G
NE-NWRS, Public Relations Manager at Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded December 12, 2018

Hi Audrey, Thanks for your review, we appreciate it. We are happy to hear that you enjoyed - minus the bugs- your visit to Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge and the Kennebunkport area. We hope to see you back again soon. The refuge is a...More

Reviewed November 23, 2018

Very nice farm area with homes to tour and great walking trails, some of which end at the beautiful beach.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank U3272EYd
NE-NWRS, Public Relations Manager at Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded November 26, 2018

Hi U3272EYdavidc, Thank you for your review! Come back and enjoy our trails anytime. Sincerely, Rachel Carson NWR Staff

Reviewed November 5, 2018

Found this gem a couple of years ago ..... My husband and I love walking around the grounds. I love taking photos and there are plenty of opportunities to do that.More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Mara D
NE-NWRS, Public Relations Manager at Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded November 15, 2018

Hi Mara, Thanks for your review! Come back and enjoy the trails and the wildlife anytime. Since you love taking photos of the wildlife and scenery at the refuge here are some tips on where to look: saltmarsh sparrows and other salt marsh wading birds...More

Reviewed November 2, 2018

An unexpected find was this Wildlife Refuge, quite large given the size of the town. Peaceful and picturesque. Nice for walking or kayaking. Would be a great place to take your camera.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank JudyK288
NE-NWRS, Public Relations Manager at Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded November 15, 2018

Hi Peter, Thanks for your review! Come back and enjoy the trails and the wildlife anytime. Sincerely, Rachel Carson NWR Staff

Reviewed October 28, 2018

I enjoy coming to the Rachel Carson Nation Wildlife Refuge every time I go to Maine. The walk is on a flat surface; the scenery is beautiful, among the trees, with views of the marsh. There are outlooks where one can see the ocean in...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank jstrohbehn
NE-NWRS, Public Relations Manager at Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded November 26, 2018

Hi jstrohbehn, Thank you for writing a review of Rachel Carson NWR. We are so happy to hear that you are a repeat visitor! The refuge is beautiful at any time of the year, as I'm sure you know. Sincerely, Rachel Carson NWR staff

Reviewed October 25, 2018 via mobile

One of my favorite parks. Great views and exceptionally maintained trails. Clean park. One trail that is paved.

Date of experience: October 2018
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NE-NWRS, Public Relations Manager at Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded November 26, 2018

Hi abigaillee1206, Thank you for your review of Rachel Carson NWR! Come back and enjoy the trails and the wildlife anytime. Sincerely, Rachel Carson NWR staff

Reviewed October 19, 2018

We have been coming here for several years. Love to take our bassets for a walk along the trails. There is just so much beauty to see everywhere. Just a nice clean place to enjoy the world.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank WILLIAM R
NE-NWRS, Public Relations Manager at Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded November 26, 2018

Thank you for your review, William. We are glad to hear you enjoyed your visit to Rachel Carson NWR and we hope to see you and your bassets back soon. Sincerely, Rachel Carson NWR staff

Reviewed October 15, 2018

Great trail for a walk. Trails are in good shape, very flat & relatively dry. Lots of places to stop & read about the area you are looking at.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Jeanette D
NE-NWRS, Public Relations Manager at Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded November 26, 2018

Hi Jeanette, Thank you for the review of Rachel Carson NWR! We hope you can visit again soon. The refuge is beautiful throughout the year. Sincerely, Rachel Carson NWR staff

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finbit
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Response from Jon S | Reviewed this property |
Yes, they are
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jamatola j
October 9, 2016|
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Response from Dacw6 | Reviewed this property |
The NWR is in wells Maine. There are three sites within 5 miles. Sea vu, wells beach resort, moody beach rv camping. We didn't get to go but went to ogunquit Maine. I'm sure some around there as well.
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