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The Rachel Carson Refuge features trails leading through a variety of coastal habitat. Credit: Debbie Lennon

Exploring the Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge

By Tom Richardson

The author whose seminal work, “Silent Spring,” launched the American environmental movement is the namesake for the Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge, consisting of a patchwork of properties along 50 miles of coastline extending from Kittery to Cape Elizabeth. The headquarters is on Route 9 in Wells.

The Refuge trails are open year-round. Credit: Debbie Lennon

The refuge serves as protected area of salt marsh and tidal waterways that offer critical habitat for many species of migratory birds, as well as fish and shellfish. Visitors of all hiking abilities can hike the well-maintained trails of the Refuge year-round. Paddling and fishing are also permitted in several rivers and tidal creeks in the Refuge. For more information call (207) 646-9226.


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