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“Need a break? Take a hike with Rachel Carson”

Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge
Ranked #2 of 26 things to do in Wells
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Owner description: This Maine wildlife refuge also has a beach on its property.
Southwest Gulf Coast, Florida
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29 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Need a break? Take a hike with Rachel Carson”
Reviewed November 28, 2011

If you're looking for a short hike with beautiful views, give Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge a try. Expansive vistas of marshland looking out to the Atlantic Ocean await you at every turn. Several lookout points are placed on the walking loop where you may take a photo or sit and contemplate the rich textures and colors or just watch the natural world go by. We went there on Halloween, so it was a bit nippy but the golden and rust leaves and red berries combined with fresh snowfall made for gorgeous photos. In Summer, goldenrod and geese swimming create a whole new scene and more fantastic photo ops.

Visited October 2011
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Hampton, Connecticut
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54 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
“Rachel Carson”
Reviewed November 26, 2011

Nice walk - saw some birds - a few at least. Would be nice if the refuge center were open on weekends - could be closed some days during the week instead. A bird list posted outside would be helpful too.

Visited November 2011
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Brookline, Massachusetts
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31 reviews
14 attraction reviews
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“A magical walk through nature...”
Reviewed November 13, 2011

Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1966 in cooperation with the State of Maine to protect valuable salt marshes and estuaries for migratory birds. Located along 50 miles of coastline in York and Cumberland counties, the refuge consists of eleven divisions between Kittery and Cape Elizabeth. It will contain approximately 14,600 acres when land acquisition is complete. The proximity of the refuge to the coast and its location between the eastern deciduous forest and the boreal forest creates a composition of plants and animals not found elsewhere in Maine. Major habitat types present on the refuge include forested upland, barrier beach/dune, coastal meadows, tidal salt marsh, and the distinctive rocky coast.

Visited November 2011
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Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania
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114 reviews
32 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“Definitely take the time for the walk”
Reviewed October 3, 2011

It is a lovely walk around with stops that explain what you're looking at. Don't forget your mosquito repellent! We did and I'm still scratching.

Visited September 2011
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Portland, Maine
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59 reviews
15 attraction reviews
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“An easy walkabout with nice views.”
Reviewed September 23, 2011

About a one-mile easy walk along a well maintained path. Partly in the wooded pines and partly on the edge of a winding tidal river and marsh offering nice vistas and close-up views of seasonal birds. My friends and I saw a couple egrets in the marsh as well as many different mushrooms. A peaceful walk and worth visiting during any season. OH, and best of all it was free!

Visited September 2011
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