Maine fall foliageThis year’s fall foliage is running later than usual and the Rachel Carson Wildlife Refuge, just ten minutes down the road from our Kennbunkport inn, is a great place to see it!

The Maine Fall Foliage show came on a little later than it usually does this year. Consequently it’s almost Halloween yet there’s still plenty of that lush autumn color up in the trees. If leaf-peeping is your thing, you probably already know that the Maine coast is a great place to do it.

As detailed in a recent post, our location in the Kennebunks offers our visitors a wealth of fall foliage opportunities. One of the best is just a ten minutes drive from The Captain Jefferds Inn – The Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge.

A Maine Coast Wildlife Refuge

The Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1966 to protect land important to migratory birds and other wildlife. Its 9,125-acres are located along 50 miles of Maine coastline.

Rachel Carson Wildlife RefugeThe refuge is named after Rachel Carson, an environmentalist and marine biologist known for her book “Silent Spring,” who loved this part of Maine.

The refuge supports a variety of habitats that are home to a diverse collection of wildlife, including many rare or endangered animals. Birders will be thrilled to see the piping plover here, a bird that is both federally threatened and state endangered. In fact, it is estimated that up to 75% of Maine’s piping plover population nests in or near the refuge. Saltmarsh sparrows flourish here as well, along with all manner of other marsh, shore, water, and other kinds of birds.

It’s not all birds, though. The refuge is alive with animals like the New England Cottontail rabbit, another endangered species. There are also deer, raccoons, moose, bobcat, a variety of turtles, frogs, salamanders, and on.

Five developed trails make it easy to get around the refuge. Between the gorgeous coastline vistas and all the stunning wildlife, the Rachel Carson Wildlife Refuge is heaven for birders and nature photographers. This is especially true when autumn’s paintbrush has had its colorful way with the region.

Hunting, angling, and shell-fishing are all permitted in season and by appropriate license or permit. Other activities at the refuge include beachcombing, canoeing, and kayaking.

Rachel Carson Wildlife Refuge

321 Port Road, Wells, Maine
Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge is open year ’round, sunrise to sunset. Learn more at the Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge website.

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