As winter was winding down, we headed south to the Cutts Island Trail which is part of the Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge. It is a short, two-mile circular hike by a salt marsh.
The first part of the trail follows along Chauncey Creek and was easy to maneuver. It is not a strenuous hike. It leads to beautiful views of the marsh. Somehow, even though it’s a loop trail we did struggle to stay on the return part of the trail.
As we followed along with what we thougth was the trail, we noticed the growth around us was getting a little higher and when we tried to get back on track we couldn’t find the trail markers. Since it was a loop in a fairly compact space, there was no fear of wandering for too long but we did end up hiking through an overgrown, swampy patch until we finally connected back with the original trail but not until we saw way more animal scat than I would have expected for such a well traveled area.
Eventually we reconnected with the trail and finsihed the hike before heading to nearby Tributary Brewing Company for a post hike drink.
This is a nice, short hike with gorgeous views of the salt marsh. It’s probably a really beautiful trail in the summer when things are a bit greener and it might be easier to stay on the trail then too.
|things to know
||Cutts Island Trail
||Cutts Island Lane, Kittery, Maine 3905
||All Trails: Cutts Island Trail
||Views of the Marsh