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Mackworth Island, Falmouth

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Must see · Island · State Park
Mackworth Island State Park is an approximately 100-acre (40 ha) island in Falmouth, Maine, USA, adjacent to its border with Portland, Maine. In 1631, Sir Ferdinando Gorges gave the island to Arthur Mackworth, his deputy in Casco Bay, and the island has retained his name. There is a causeway connecting the island to the mainland in Falmouth. Visitors to the island must pass a State park entrance tollhouse and pay an entrance fee; cars can enter the island but parking is limited. There is a footpath around the perimeter of the island with views of Falmouth, Portland, and other islands surrounding the bay. The island is heavily wooded. One portion of the woods is dedicated to “Fairy Houses” which are constructed by visitors using natural materials found on the island. Mackworth Island has a beautiful rocky shore and offers ample opportunities for surf fisherman of Bluefish and Stripers.

There is a nominal 3 dollar entrance fee per person.

Although most areas of the island are State Park lands, there is a school area that is not open to the public. The island is also home to the Governor Baxter Dog Memorial, a pet cemetery where fourteen of the former governor's Irish Setters and one of his horses were laid to rest, accompanied by two bronze markers and a gravestone, all enclosed by a circular stone wall.
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  • Love going here for a walk, whether it's to catch the cool ocean breeze on a hot summer day, or to take in the fall colors, it always offers breath taking views. Parking is limited, that is the only.....  more »
  • Paid to park based on number of people in vehicle. Walked the trail around island. Created a nature Memorial for a fur baby who passed. Enjoyed viewing intricate fairy houses. So glad we took a wrong....  more »
  • Beautiful views and a peaceful setting for a great walk. The trails are easy. The only difficulty is parking because the place is so popular, and there are limited parking spaces
  • We love this place for a nice walk. This is one of my favorites. Dog and bicycle friendly. Very limited parking, so go early or later in the day.

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