QUICK TRAIL FACTS
- Preserve Size: 100 acres
- Trail Mileage: ~1.5-mile loop (not including ~.4-mil road spur)
- Pets: yes
- Difficulty: easy
- Sights: views of Casco Bay
Mackworth Island is a place to walk for scenic views, yes, but there’s so much more here (including people and their dogs — it’s a very popular walk). The island is about 100 acres, and the path around its circumference is about 1.5 miles. The island was once owned by Governor Percival Baxter, who must have been quite an animal lover because he created a pet cemetery for his many beloved Irish setters. Walkers can visit the cemetery by departing from the main path just a ways. Also at some point fairy lovers took over parts of the trail, and now at the base of dozens of trees you can find creative fairy homes made of sticks, barks and stones. There is a school on the island, too. Once it was a school for deaf children; now it is a Quaker school.
Directions: From Rt. 295 headed out of Portland, take your first exit to Falmouth onto Route one. Shortly after crossing the bridge, take a right onto Andrews Ave. There are some parking spots before the causeway and a parking lot for about 20 cars on the island itself at the trailhead.
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