Little River and Barrier Beach Walk

Wells, Maine

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A walk around the meadows and forest of a former upland farm, with overviews of rich and diverse tidal habitats along the Little River estuary and Laudholm Barrier Beach. The Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve at Laudholm Farm is not only a paradisiacal place to walk along the Little River estuary, but it is also vastly important in the overall health and vitality of the northern New England coast. The reserve is one of twenty-five national estuarine research reserves managed by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Situated in a prime seacoast location in southern Maine, the 1,600-acre reserve includes parts of two watersheds—the Little River estuary and an eastern arm of the Webhannet River. The reserve is comprised of many interacting ecological zones, including a salt marsh (1 acre produces 10 tons of organic material), barrier beach, upland meadow, and forest. Special Features: a total of 7 miles of trails, meadows, woodlands, estuary, and barrier beach overlooks, visitor center, gift shop, research station, and many educational activities, exhibits, and special events.
Nature Walks along the Seacoast: Massachusetts, New Hampshire, & Maine

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Nature Walks along the Seacoast: Massachusetts, New Hampshire, & Maine

by Julia Older & Steve Sherman (Appalachian Mountain Club Books)

A walk around the meadows and forest of a former upland farm, with overviews of rich and diverse tidal habitats along the Little River estuary and Laudholm Barrier Beach. The Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve at Laudholm Farm is not only a paradisiacal place to walk along the Little River estuary, but it is also vastly important in the overall health and vitality of the northern New England coast.

The reserve is one of twenty-five national estuarine research reserves managed by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Situated in a prime seacoast location in southern Maine, the 1,600-acre reserve includes parts of two watersheds—the Little River estuary and an eastern arm of the Webhannet River. The reserve is comprised of many interacting ecological zones, including a salt marsh (1 acre produces 10 tons of organic material), barrier beach, upland meadow, and forest. Special Features: a total of 7 miles of trails, meadows, woodlands, estuary, and barrier beach overlooks, visitor center, gift shop, research station, and many educational activities, exhibits, and special events.

©  Julia Older & Steve Sherman/Appalachian Mountain Club Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Walking
Nearby City: Wells
Distance: 2.5
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 1.5 hours
Season: Best spring through fall
Local Contacts: Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve
Driving Directions: Directions to Little River and Barrier Beach Walk

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