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It’s important to spend time outdoors and recharge your batteries. Here are some State Parks and points of interest near Wells that will help you relax and enjoy the great outdoors.
Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge
Established in 1966 and just 2.5 miles north of Wells, the Rachel Carson Wildlife Refuge helps to protect important salt marshes and estuaries for migratory birds. When the land has finished being accumulated, the Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge will sport over 14,600 acres of preserved land. The refuge is host to many different types of habitat, including forested upland, dunes, coastal meadows, and rocky coast.
Vaughan Woods State Park
A half hour southwest of Wells, Vaughan Woods Memorial State Park is settled next to the Salmon Falls River and offers 165 acres of forested pine and hemlock. There is a trail system loop of over three miles. Check out the Oldfields, where Native Americans used fire to manage the habitat for corn, beans, and squash. For more information, click here.
- Hiking (trails)
- Horseback riding
- Watchable wildlife
Ferry Beach State Park
A half hour’s drive up the coast from Wells and a perfect place for a picnic, Ferry Beach State Park offers a view of miles of white sand beaches between the Saco River and Pine Point. This 100-acre park also offers a peek at a stand of black gum (tupelo) trees, which are rare for the elevation. Before highways, a ferry crossing at the Saco River used to move from beach to beach, as beaches were safe and easy transportation routes before highways were so common. Hence, the name “Ferry Beach.” Click here for more information.
Mt. Agamenticus Conservation Region
The Mount Agamenticus Conservation Region contains 10,000 acres of land and is one of the largest remaining expanses of undeveloped forests in coastal New England. The region is known for its abundance of vernal pools, rich biodiversity, and unique trail system and is home to many of Maine’s rare plants and animals. State, local and non-profit landowners are working together to protect Mount A’s water, wildlife, and land. For more information, click here.