Trail System

wells national estuarine research reserve

Hiking trails cover a variety of habitats and offer rich opportunities for discovery.

Please — no pets, no smoking.

Enjoy seven miles of easy to moderate trails to experience the beauty of south coastal Maine. Trails are available year round for hiking, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing. (Trails are not groomed in winter.)

Recommended Routes

1. Follow the Salt Marsh Loop to learn how rain and snowmelt move through a watershed and into an estuary, where fresh water mixes with salt water from the Gulf of Maine.

2. Follow the Forest Interpretive Trail to find out how landscape vegetation shifts over time, succeeding from open space to mature forest, and how water and wildlife are influenced by that change.

3. Walk the length of Laudholm Beach to stand at the Little River mouth, where barrier beaches protect a mud flat supporting shellfish and shorebirds.

Explore the Wells Reserve on your own or join one of many tours guided by trained naturalists. Families looking for hands-on activities can stop in at the Visitor Center to find out about our Discovery Program.

Please Note - Be prepared for ticks, biting insects, poison ivy, and other wonders of nature.

Wells Reserve nature trail.

Trail Hours

Every day
7am to sunset

Site Rules

  • No smoking. No pets.
  • Stay on trails.
  • No collecting.
Wells Reserve trail map.

Download a printable trail map.