Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge

Kittery, Maine

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Walk through upland oak and pine forests, tidal estuaries, and salt marshes in a wildlife refuge named for Rachel Carson, the renowned biologist, author, and environmentalist. The eleven geographic areas of the Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge (RCNWR), which range along 50 miles of the Maine coast from Kittery to Cape Elizabeth, protect a wide variety of habitats important to migratory birds and other wildlife, including tidal estuaries, salt marshes, barrier beaches and dunes, coastal meadows, rocky coast, and forested uplands. The 5,600-acre refuge, established in 1966 with assistance from the state of Maine, is managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
AMC's Best Day Hikes Along the Maine Coast

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AMC's Best Day Hikes Along the Maine Coast

by Carey Michael Kish (Appalachian Mountain Club Books)

Walk through upland oak and pine forests, tidal estuaries, and salt marshes in a wildlife refuge named for Rachel Carson, the renowned biologist, author, and environmentalist.

The eleven geographic areas of the Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge (RCNWR), which range along 50 miles of the Maine coast from Kittery to Cape Elizabeth, protect a wide variety of habitats important to migratory birds and other wildlife, including tidal estuaries, salt marshes, barrier beaches and dunes, coastal meadows, rocky coast, and forested uplands. The 5,600-acre refuge, established in 1966 with assistance from the state of Maine, is managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

© 2015 Carey Michael Kish/Appalachian Mountain Club Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking, Snowshoeing
Nearby City: Kittery
Distance: 1.8
Elevation Gain: Minimal
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Season: Year-round
Additional Use: Skiing
Accessibility: Kid-friendly
Local Contacts: Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge fws.gov/refuge/rachel_carson, 207-646-9226
Local Maps: USGS Kittery quad; Maine Atlas and Gazetteer, Map 1 (DeLorme); Cutts Island Trail (RCNWR)
Driving Directions: Directions to Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge

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Apr 2018