Explore the most popular trails in Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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.

Beautiful - did three loops if it. Well maintained.

hiking
3 months ago

Nice peaceful walk some up/down terrain and lots of leaves in the Fall. Along the water smells like raw sewage not sure if this is all the time or just this (1st) time. I'll be back and update.

trail running
3 months ago

Very nice, clean trail. Pretty level train, nice overlooks into the marshes. No charge to park but on a busy day, I imagine there would be a wait to park!

walking
4 months ago

Easy, well maintained trail. They have some nice educational posts about the surrounding marshes and estuaries. I went on a weekday and it was still moderately busy, I imagine on weekends it gets crowded.

walking
6 months ago

Nice walk. When they said kid friendly I thought kids bikes are allowed lol but not. Overall a nice quiet walk.

walking
7 months ago

Leisurely walk, great for families, saw parents with strollers. The boardwalk and path is level and there are numerous benches and lookout points over the marshes. Saw some birds, deer, bugs, all kinds of wildlife! A great 30-45 min outing if you are in Wells or Ogunquit. Brought our dog and she saw tons of chipmunks!

7 months ago

beautiful area. would like to return at low tide sometime to check out the island

hiking
7 months ago

His was a fun hike. Well maintained and flat. We were unsure if we were walking down the Correct entrance as it looked like a driveway to the private residence. The path is full of poison ivy which was a little concerning having young children. However that’s unavoidable when you are hiking. There is a beautiful bench that overlooks Goose Rocks Beach under the shade of a tree perfect for a picnic or just to rest. The historic buildings are interesting but would be more fun to go through.

It’s an easy, well maintained trail that overlooks a beautiful river. We saw a large flock of geese on our last walk. Easy enough for our 4 year old- and keeps their attention with all the viewing platforms

walking
7 months ago

Easy walk, beautiful views and the historic building were a great bonus. A hidden gem tucked along the Maine coast.

walking
7 months ago

Very easy trail with light woods and great views of the estuary. Small parking lot - even on a Monday afternoon it was very full.

It doesn't matter what time of year, this is always a great trail. Pick up a map at the entrance for self-guided stations and stopping points along the way. Beautiful views of the distance surf and a spectacular estuary filled with birds.

hiking
10 months ago

Nice little hike on a lovely April day. I'm sure much prettier later in the spring or fall.

10 months ago

Nice nature walk. Very pretty.

walking
Thursday, January 11, 2018

Pleasant walk except for having too many biting insects.

walking
Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Great easy mile. Dog friendly and very clean!

walking
Sunday, September 24, 2017

Very easy trail with some nice views. I went a little before sunset and it was very buggy so I would definitely use bug spray

walking
Saturday, September 02, 2017

Beautiful walk, well maintained trail. I'd like to see it in autumn.

walking
Friday, September 01, 2017

Nice find today. This area was beautiful and shaded from the sun during parts of the walk. Nice all around!

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Absolutely gorgeous! Loved all the old buildings and all the little paths out to the ocean.

walking
Saturday, August 19, 2017

Absolutely beautiful! Loved all the old buildings.

on Rachel Carson Trail

hiking
Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Nice if you like the Ocean,.

Sunday, August 06, 2017

Nice trail. Crazy mosquitoes tho. Wish dogs were allowed

Tuesday, August 01, 2017

Great trail

Sunday, July 23, 2017

We come here every time we are in the area. Very quick and easy trail for all ages. (Pretty sure the whole thing is handicapped accessible) Also, good views and we see wildlife every time!

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

very easy relaxing walk, excellent scenery!

hiking
Tuesday, July 04, 2017

Nice wooded path. Nice quick miler just to get out.

walking
Tuesday, June 27, 2017

My dog and I walked this trail yesterday for our first time & we will definitely be back! Absolutely beautiful with amazing views and well maintained I was highly impressed. To see more photos of our trip to this beautiful location go and like the Facebook page Kassie (that's my dogs name) also you will find other dog friendly walks and hikes we have done and places you can take your four legged pal

walking
Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Nice trail, very very simple, a little boring but overall good

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Warning: no dogs. - drove all the way out here with an excited five year old and dog. Awesome.

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