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Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge

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Beautiful

We did a snowshoe hike here and it was perfect. The snow was beautiful along the trail and made... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
toby5229
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Bridgewater, Massachusetts
Great place to walk!

This is a great place to walk and sight see. The paths are flat and have small gravel stones making... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
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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 2 days ago

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 3 days ago

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
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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
Thank Inspiration461581
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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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
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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
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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
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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

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finbit
August 6, 2017|
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Response from Jon S | Reviewed this property |
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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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