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Colorful ragweed brightens the fields at the Wells Reserve. Credit Wells Reserve at Laudholm

Estuary Explorations: Wells Reserve & Beach Plum Farm

By Tom Richardson

Looking for some great hiking and opportunities to explore New England’s fertile and fascinating cold-water estuaries? Check out this pair of treasures on the South Coast of Maine.

Hikers at Wells Reserve will encounter this stone arch. Credit: Wells Reserve at Laudholm

Wells Reserve

The Wells Reserve at Laudholm at 342 Laudholm Farm Road in Wells is a National Estuarine Research Reserve and offers seven miles of trails that are open year-round for hiking, snowshoeing, and crosscountry skiing. You can even take a guided tour with a trained naturalist. Paddling is also possible on the protected waters of the Reserve’s estuary. Open daily Memorial Day to Columbus Day from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Phone: 207-646-1555.

Bothe the Wells Reserve and Beach Plum Farm trails are open year-round. Credit: Wells Reserve at Laudholm

Beach Plum Farm

Beach Plum Farm in Ogunquit is a 22-acre property comprising remnants of an old New England farm. An easy half-mile loop trail circles the fields and community gardens. Down by the salt marsh, you can see bayberry, beach plums, and a variety of coastal birds. During the migratory seasons of spring and fall, the farm is a great place to see hawks, owls, and other raptors. Benches provide optimal spots for taking in the view. No dogs, please.

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