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.
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