Carson Trail

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Trail Distance: 1 mile
Time Estimate: 20 min+
Elevation Gain: 15 feet
Leash Rule: On Leash
Difficulty: Easy
Parking: No
Route Type: Loop
Restroom: Unknown
Description
Carson Trail is a simple, one mile loop that begins and ends in the parking lot for the Wells headquarters of the Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge. This path is highly popular. It's short enough, with such a minor rise in elevation, that it's suitable for hikers of all ages and skill levels. At the same time, it has such gorgeous views that experienced hikers make time for it during their day. The Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge reports that this path sees over 100,000 walkers a year! It's open year-round, but be prepared to break out the snowshoes to explore in winter!


The walk is mainly flat. It does occasionally bring you close to the banks of Little Creek, home to native and migratory birds. You'll begin under the trees (a mix of pine and other native trees) and set out south and east of the Wells Visitor's Center. At the halfway point in your hike, you'll come to the furthest point from the visitor's center. This point of the walk has a view across the salt marshes all the way to the Atlantic Ocean in the distance! 

Your dog is welcome to explore Carson Trail with you as long as you commit to keeping them on leash and on the path. You don't want to scare away all the animals the refuge is working to protect! You'll also have to bring your own doggie bags to keep the trail beautiful. If your pup gets too warm, splash through Little Creek for a refreshing dip! 

This trail is only a mile long, so you never get too far from help. Still, it helps to bring a water bottle and doggie bowl to be sure you both stay hydrated on the walk. 

Carson Trail is the king of beautiful, accessible hikes that makes people fall in love with hiking! 

Trail Features
Forest, River
Abundant Wildlife, Scenic
Cautions & Considerations
Ticks are always a concern in Maine, but are of particular concern in the long grass beside the trail. Make sure your dog is comfortable being around cyclists, joggers, and other dogs before attempting this trail.
Address
321 Port Rd
Wells, ME 04090
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Address
321 Port Rd
Wells, ME 04090
Hours
Mon Sunrise - Sunset
Tue Sunrise - Sunset
Wed Sunrise - Sunset
Thu Sunrise - Sunset
Fri Sunrise - Sunset
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