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Mackworth Island, Falmouth

#30 of 125 in Nature in Maine
Mackworth Island is an approximately 100acre 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 by a tollhouse; 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. Mackworth Island has a beautiful rocky shore and offers ample opportunities for surf fisherman of Bluefish and Stripers.
In 1943, Maine's governor Percival P. Baxter deeded the island and causeway, including his summer home, to the State of Maine. In 1957, the state created the Governor Baxter School for The Deaf (formerly known as the Maine School for The Deaf) on the island. The school is infamous for a sexual abuse scandal which became public in 1981 and involved the school's principal and superintendent.
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  • Great little island which is small enough to hike around in only an hour or so but big enough to offer some great views and plenty of room to roam around on. There is a small entry fee but minimal and...  more »
  • A great place for family exploration on the island. Ocean view on the water- build fairy houses out of all the resources laying on the ground. A fun place for a childs imagination. Highly recommended.  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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