Wells Reserve at Laudholm

Wells, Maine 4090

Wells Reserve at Laudholm

Wells Reserve at Laudholm Professional Guide

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"Meander along the trails of a historical 2,250-acre protected area with a diversity of ecologically important estuarine habitats. The Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve, as it is officially known, is an oasis of tranquility just a short distance from the busy US 1 coastal corridor.

This beautiful property—a restored saltwater farm known as Laudholm to many—encompasses 2,250 acres of diverse wildlife habitat, from grasslands and woodlands to salt marshes, dunes, and sandy beach, and spans the estuaries of the Webhannet River, the Little River (fed by the Merriland River and
Branch Brook), and the Ogunquit River."

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Best Loop Hikes: New Hampshire's White Mountains to the Maine Coast (The Mountaineers Books)
Jeffrey Romano
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"With 7 miles of trails, numerous potential loops, and 1600 acres of diverse habitats, the Wells Estuarine Reserve is an oasis of open space on Maine’s southern coastline. Designated in 1984, it is one of twenty-six NOAA-designated estuarine research reserves in the country and the only one in Maine. It was established to conduct research, to convey findings to decision-makers, to provide natural resource education, to protect the land for wildlife and people, and to conserve the coastal resources of southern Maine. The Wells Estuarine Reserve is a public/private partnership, which relies in part on funding from the Laudholm Trust, a nonprofit organization. Federal, state, and local governments jointly own the property. This suggested loop leads through a representative cross-section of the reserve. Especially impressive in the spring during the height of bird migration, the reserve’s natural beauty is on display twelve months a year."
Best Hikes with Kids: Vermont, New Hampshire & Maine (The Mountaineers Books)
Cynthia Copeland, Thomas J. Lewis, & Emily Kerr
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"Seven miles of trails wind through fields, woods, wetlands, salt marsh, estuary, and barrier beach on this historic former farm, now part of the National Estuarine Research Reserve System. Do your kids know what an estuary is? It’s where salty sea waters meet fresh land waters. Estuaries provide important habitat for a number of birds, fish, and other animals, including some rare species that can be found here. At the Wells Reserve, you can observe where the currents of the Little and Webhannet Rivers meet the salty waters of the Atlantic Ocean along the coast of Maine. Before hitting the trails, pick up a trail map, visit the exhibits, and browse the gift shop at the visitor center, housed in the restored farmhouse. Located in another building, the Maine Coastal Ecology Center also has educational exhibits and research and teaching laboratories. Call ahead for current hours. The route described here will take you past a salt marsh, through a maple swamp, down to the beach, and over an extensive boardwalk."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
50 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
3 hours
Year-round from 7 a.m. to sunset
Additional Use
Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve (wellsreserve.org; 207-646-1555)
Local Contacts
USGS Wells; Maine Atlas and Gazetteer, Map 3 (DeLorme); Wells Reserve Trail Map (Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve)
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