Mackworth Island

  Hiking (trails)
  Cross-Country Skiing
  Snowshoeing
  Wildlife
  Bird watching
  Beach combing
  Fishing
  Swimming
 

Location:  Mackworth Island is accessible from the Andrews Avenue causeway, which is off US Route 1.  From Martin's Point in Portland, go north over the bridge to Andrews Avenue (3rd right); go east along Andrews Avenue to the causeway.

Parking:  Parking is allowed from dawn to dusk (in the parking lot to the right after crossing the causeway, before entering the Baxter School area).

Description:  The island-walk circles the island and is about 1.5 miles long. The island totals about 100 acres. The Baxter School for the Deaf is here, and you are asked to keep to the perimeter pathway and not interfere with school activities. A children's playground is available during non-school hours.

Natural Features:  The trail is mostly wooded. It runs through stands of spruce and pine, with access to sandy and rocky beaches in several places. The whole island is a lovely, quiet, bird sanctuary. Visit the dog cemetery at the north end of the island.

Historical:  It is maintained by the State of Maine at the request of former Governor Percival Baxter, who gave the property to the State.

http://falmouthme.vt-s.net/land-management-acquisitions-committee/pages/photos-of-mackworth-island
Click here for photos of Mackworth Island.