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An interesting nature trail through an upland environment within one of Maine's most popular wildlife refuges.

Moosehorn NWR offers a nature trail which encompasses several trails. Woodcock Trail, is handicapped accessible and you will see it just before the NWR Headquarters. Pick up a self-guided brochure and enjoy the short yet informative trail. From the NWR Headquarters, the Nature Trail, which is not accessible, travels through a pine forest of varying species including White Pine, Red Pine and Giant Wolf Pine. The forest type changes to deciduous then travels onto a swamp's edge. Here is where you will see nesting boxes hung for the wood duck. The trail then heads back into the woods where the hiker will come upon an open area designed for the ornate woodcock courtships. Once again, the trail turns back into the forest and ends at the Headquarters.

Directions: From Calais, ME, Travel US 1 west for 3.5 miles and you will see a NWR sign on your left. The NWR Headquarters is approximately 3 miles down the road. The handicapped accessible, Woodcock Trail is before the Headquarters. Nature Trail head is at Headquarters.

Elevation Gain: Minimal

Distance: 1.9 miles

Difficulty: Easy

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Moosehorn National Wildlife Refuge, Maine

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