Barrier Beach Trail and Laird-Norton Trail Loop

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The Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve

Barrier Beach Trail and Laird-Norton Trail Loop is a 2.3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Wells, Maine that offers the chance to see wildlife and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round.

Length2.3 miElevation gain75 ftRoute typeLoop
Kid friendlyHikingNature tripsWalkingBird watchingBeachForestViewsWildlifeBugsMuddyNo dogs
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This is a beautiful easy hike that cover forest, beach, salt marsh and pond life ecosystems. The trails have several educational posting regarding the ecosystems of the plants and animals in each of these areas.

There is an access fee of $4 per person which includes access to the farm house which has an interesting story of its own.

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Lyn Lupien
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Winter Trail Closures From December 7, 2020, to spring 2021, the Knight Trail, Barrier Beach Trail, and parts of the Pilger and Laird Norton trails will be closed due to construction. https://www.wellsreserve.org/visit/trails-beach

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Janet Woit
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Stephen Gelinas
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David McMahon
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Jon Humphreys
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David Elsemore
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Nice stroll.

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ANGELA DELSORDO
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Wonderful hiking on well maintained trails. We walked to the Gulf of Maine. 60 degrees and sunny today.

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Capt. Lyman Stuart
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Great foggy fall day.

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Jeremy MacKinney
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Kendall Dill
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Great trail if you want to experience a multitude of hikes in one. You get the ocean, the marsh, some meadows, some woods and some great views!

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Les Kennedy
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Melanie Gunter
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Rich LaVigne
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Awesome walk that was bug free

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greg mcnulty
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D. Bridges
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WalkingBugs

Laudholm Farm has always been a special place for me. I’ve done these trails before, but not while I’ve had the Alltrails app. I will say this, BRING BUG SPRAY!!! It’s the buggiest trail I’ve ever been on. It will be less buggy in the Fall. Lots to see on these trails though. I highly recommend it!!!

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Samantha Ouellette
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Evan Hill-Ries
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Gosia Lasocha
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Walk was pleasant, views were great. The only down fall was all the bugs and some overgrown plants. I would recommend.

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Mark Sackett
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Nice walk, Farley trail not recommended for strollers. They warned us at visitor center to use bug spray, we were glad we did.

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david snell
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very well kept up, wide, smooth, very easy.

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Becky Morais
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Beth Day
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Extreme mosquitoes! The trail is gorgeous. We will come back on Spring!

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Megan Mission
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This was beautiful! Can’t wait to go back and explore more of the trails. Very foggy near the beach. BRING BUG SPRAY!!!!! I repeat BRING BUG SPRAY!! especially if you go on the boardwalk trail. Boardwalk very overgrown at parts. It was sooo bad! But other than that it was great. Not all too many people. No attendant at the booth so you put money in the admissions box. Bathrooms are open but not every stall is open.

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Becci Hosterman
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Bird watchingBugs

Great trails, well kept. There is a charge to use the property. Bring your bug spray!

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Beth Day
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This trail is beautiful! Easy walking with several trails. Bring bug spray!!! We were almost carried off.

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Trisha Watson
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Beautiful walk today through many different landscapes: woods, meadows, and ocean views! It was buggy in the wooded trail sections, so be sure to bring bug spray! Will definitely come back in the winter to snowshoe!

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Casey Joan
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My favorite set of trails in the area! Simple and a great breath of fresh air. There are so many different paths to take, one will lead you right to the ocean which is usually not crowded and great for relaxing before another trail! It is so scenic, there are usually artistic sculptures scattered around as well as a giant (and very photogenic tree) to gaze at.

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