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Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge

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Take a walk

We went to the Timber Trail area , an easy level walk along the tidal flats to the ocean. About 1... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Falmouth, Massachusetts
Nice easy walking trails

One of the main trails overlooks a small river and then bends around near a marshland. Nice... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
San Jose, California
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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 2 weeks ago

We went to the Timber Trail area , an easy level walk along the tidal flats to the ocean. About 1 1/2 mile loop , It was May so not much was green but the plus was no bugs, except ticks, do a check when...More

Date of experience: May 2019
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

One of the main trails overlooks a small river and then bends around near a marshland. Nice peaceful walk. Restrooms available. There was no entrance fee.

Date of experience: April 2019
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Reviewed April 14, 2019

Arguably, Rachel Carson is to environmentalism what Einstein is to physics; as the decades go by and understanding increases, the debt to their genius only grows. One imagines how pleased she might be to walk her namesake trail, flat and accessible with many thoughtfully placed...More

Date of experience: April 2019
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Reviewed April 13, 2019

it's fortunate to have a relatively flat trail, about a mile long in Wells. The trail offers outlooks overlooking the local river, marshes, and in the distance, the ocean. There are many lovely treas and flowers and it's great that they put benches along the...More

Date of experience: April 2019
2  Thank chris k
Reviewed April 7, 2019

This is a perfect place to take kids of all ages. We went off-season and luckily there wasn't too much icy or muddy areas on the trail. It is short, just over a mile, with numbered areas that you can read about, explaining the natural...More

Date of experience: March 2019
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Reviewed March 20, 2019

We tried to go for a walk on this nice sunny day, but the paths were too icy to do any walking at all.

Date of experience: March 2019
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Reviewed March 19, 2019

We did a snowshoe hike here and it was perfect. The snow was beautiful along the trail and made for great pics! This would be a good spot for families to try snowshoeing.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank toby5229
Reviewed February 24, 2019

This is a great place to walk and sight see. The paths are flat and have small gravel stones making it easy for anyone of any age and dogs to walk. Strollers would even be able to go over the path. There are numerous resting...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed February 12, 2019

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
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Response from Jon S | Reviewed this property |
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October 9, 2016|
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.