Kennebunkport, Maine’s natural beauty is abundant and breathtaking. Rocky coastline peppered with pristine beaches, miles of walking trails in untouched woods and panoramic vistas in every direction attract thousands of visitors each year. In the spirit of preserving our environment and our landscape, several local conservation areas and land trusts have been established, enabling visitors to explore our flora and fauna, while protecting Mother Nature’s creation.
Originally established to protect salt marshes and estuaries for migrating birds, Rachel Carson has evolved to now offer visitors the opportunity to fish, hunt, or simply explore their walking trails. Located in Well, ME and pet friendly, Rachel Carson is a favorite amongst local pet parents and is free to the public.
Dedicated to research, education, stewardship and preservation, the Wells Reserve is situated amongst sweeping fields and borders salt marsh. A Visitor’s Center, several exhibits and expansive trail systems are available for interested parties to explore at leisure. The setting is so picturesque and beautiful, that is it also a preferred local spot for weddings. A small admission fee, which supports property upkeep, is requested and pets are not allowed.
Kennebunkport, ME 04046
The Kennebunkport Conservation Trust has been acquiring undeveloped land since 1973, with the mission of preserving its natural state. Since then, they have built an extensive network of trails, refurbished a local lighthouse and host events that benefit programming. All trails are open to non-motorized vehicles and are perfect for hiking, biking, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing.
The Kennebunk Land Trust’s mission is to permanently conserve and steward land to benefit natural and human communities. As one of southern Maine's oldest working land trusts, the Trust has preserved over 3,400 acres of forest, fields and waterways including partnership in protecting 1,600 acres of the Kennebunk Plains.