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“Wonderful Views on an Easy 1 Mile Trail”

Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge
Ranked #2 of 26 things to do in Wells
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: This Maine wildlife refuge also has a beach on its property.
Tucson, Arizona
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92 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
“Wonderful Views on an Easy 1 Mile Trail”
Reviewed 4 October 2013

Having visited the Laudholm Farm in Wells, ME we almost passed up this refuge. Wow are we glad we did not miss this gem! While Laudholm Farm (just down the road) has 7 miles of paths and is historic, the marsh is thick and the views limited. Rachael Carson landscape is open, giving magnificent views of streams and the various ecological niches on the Maine coast.

There are about 10 lookout points with wonderful views. Informative signs explain the complexity of the environment you are seeing. We went in late September and the colors of the tree leaves made the sights even grander.

Entrance and parking are free and there is a guide. The path is almost level and well maintained (packed gravel or boardwalk). We saw a snake sunning itself on a rock, egrets, and grew to understand how the marsh works and is important to us.

I highly recommend visiting both Rachael Carson and Laudholm House. Totally different sights and points of view.

Visited September 2013
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Boston, Massachusetts
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45 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Awesome!”
Reviewed 27 September 2013 via mobile

We were staying at The Tallwood Motel and the owners told us to come here. We walked here since we were so close. Wonderful trails!

Visited August 2013
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Cuba, New York
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4 reviews
“Nice walk and self-guided tour”
Reviewed 23 September 2013

Short walk through the woods, with stopping points for the self-guided tour. Trail was well maintained and easy to walk. Restrooms were not clean, but kind of what you would expect for a small outdoor area. We enjoyed the break form all the crowds so this is a welcomed spot on a vacation to Maine.

Visited September 2013
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Palm Springs, California
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Nice short hiking trail, dog friendly”
Reviewed 21 September 2013

With ample parking and rest rooms this is a nice walking trail (about a mile) through the marshland along the Maine coast. Scenic vista resting points along the well-maintained trail. It is also dog friendly. Very enjoyable.

Visited August 2013
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Sterling, Massachusetts
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110 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Beautiful”
Reviewed 20 September 2013

If you've never been here, please go! You will take a leisurely walk around the Refuge! Beautiful views, wildlife viewing, peaceful! The beauty of nature at your feet!

Visited September 2013
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