Location: Cape Elizabeth, Cumberland County
Description: Salt water tidal stream (Spurwink River) and associated sale marsh and uplands. Access point and fishing pier allow launching of canoes, kayaks, and paddle board. Excellent fishing for striped bass and for birdwatching. In the winter, snowshoeing or cross-country skiing over the marsh reveals otter, mink, fox, and coyote tracks.
Favorite Season: Year-round (although the mosquitos can be intense in the summer)
Activities: Fishing, water sports, birdwatching
Why It’s Special: I literally walk the marsh or its perimeter uplands almost daily. The wildlife and seasonal transitions never cease to teach me something.
Tips: The USFS has expended considerable effort, along with hundreds of volunteer hours, reestablishing habitat for the endangered New England cottontail rabbit along the marsh edge. Its droppings are seen frequently, though the rabbit itself rarely is.
More info and directions at: http://www.fws.gov/refuge/rachel_carson/