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Rachel Carson NWR offers an interesting self-guided nature trail along a coastal swampland located in southern Maine.

A gravel path leads to the coastal swampland comprised of saltwater and piney wood. At the edge of the swamp, the hiker may choose to turn left or right. To the left are two observation points. Views of an inland brook, small stream and the ocean are enjoyed along this accessible path. The hiker will also see a plaque honoring the lifetime work of Rachel Carson. This is a wonderful area to view wildlife. Over 250 species of birds have been recorded at this refuge in addition to the moose, deer and fox.

Directions: From Wells, ME, The refuge is comprised of ten separate divisions. To reach the trail, travel US 1 northeast to the junction of SR 9. Turn right and travel 1 mile. A sign designates the entrance. To the right of the sign is a small parking lot at which point the the trail begins.

Elevation: Sea Level

Elevation Gain: Minimal

Difficulty: Easy

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Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge, Maine

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