Carter Nature Preserve Loop is a 1.8 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Surry, Maine that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length1.8 miElevation gain108 ftRoute typeLoop
Dogs on leashFishingHikingNature tripsSnowshoeingBird watchingRunningBeachForestViewsWildlife
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Note: Dogs are not allowed on the Woods Trail portion of the loop. The variety of habitats makes for a good birding trail. Go at mid-tide for good shorebird sightings. Plenty of parking at the top of Loop Trail.

There is another hike across the road. Use this same parking lot.

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Caeli Shadis
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HikingFlooded

I imagine it's wonderful any time other than high tide. The trail very shortly was entirely under water! my dogs & I tried to stomp through brambles to see if we could find a place where the trail wasnt submerged but ended up in someone's back yard, cleaning up a lot of broken glass & trash along the way. Yikes. We may try again in the future, at low tide

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James Beach
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HikingGreat!
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Jane Goodell
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Hiking

Be sure to go at low tide. we tried to walk the shore on a windy day during high tide. not a good plan.

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Nancy Rudolph
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Cheryl Claiborne
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Bird watchingGreat!

I did the loop as described. The variety of habitats makes for a good birding trail. Go at mid-tide for good shorebird sightings. Plenty of parking at the top of Loop Trail. Dogs are not allowed on the Woods Trail portion of the loop.

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Irfan Bora
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Phil Gordon
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Very enjoyable and well maintained trail. We went at low tide and enjoyed walking on the rocks.

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Pete Parizo
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HikingGreat!

Great family hike! Easy to moderate in short bursts. Loved the contrast between coastline and forest. Follows a fairly busy/narrow road for a bit so be aware of that. Looks like a haven for ticks although we didn't see any, we did DEET before striking off though.

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Holly Miller
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Amber Saucier
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Amazing trail! Mostly flat with short steep sections. There are a lot of roots along the trail. When the tide is out, there is so much to explore along the rocky coastline! Nice benches for resting and taking in the view. Sometimes it’s nice to stop and soak it all in. I would highly recommend this trail for all ages and abilities!

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Holly Miller
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The trail is Easy to moderate, shady with intermittent sun in the woods. It has benches along the way and a beautiful shore line in the middle of the trail.

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Guna Ose
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Hiking

Great short hiking trail. A lot of fun with kids. It changes scenery and has beautiful views on a sunny day. Bring bug spray!

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Hali Meehan
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Loved the trail. Was able to bring the dog to the ocean and enjoy the views. Easy to find and follow trail.

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Cindy Isenhour
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Hiking

Sweet little, well maintained and marked trail!

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Diane Danielson
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Nice easy trail. A little muddy in spots. Nice to sit by the water on the rocks.

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Laura Miller
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Lovely trail through largely evergreen woods, so it's green even in early spring. Many benches with water bowls for dogs along the first section, some beautifully maintained bits like a staircase once you go back into the woods. The last section (that's not along Cross Rd) goes along a rocky beach and is not that well marked. Just keep going till you reach some rock steps. Very wet after a rain, in fact parts of the trail were basically a stream. The last bit as the trail rejoins the road needs some TLC. Had to climb over a downed tree and bushwhack through some shrubs.

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Shawn Sullivan
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This a very nice and easy to accomplish trail. We highly recommend going at low tide. You will notice from our recording that we chose to depart the trail and walk the shore since it was low tide. The rocky shore is the highlight of the trail.

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rob bauer
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Nice easy trail with great water section

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Joyce Gildart-Currier
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With limited time to go for a hike, this is a good one. And going through the pines and evergreens, the smell alone is worth it. It is maintained well, and I wish I carried cash to donate towards the upkeep. Next time.

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Christine Tanguay
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i took mt first and second grade class on a hike here. Perfect for my group.

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Mandi Hermansen
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ok trail but not groomed enough and literally tick heaven!

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Sarah Swazey
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Jim V
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Mike Schwinn
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Jim V
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Walker Poppert
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James Finn
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William Sturtevant
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Tracey McCue
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duviousdogs .
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