How to Visit Mackworth Island, Maine


How to Visit Mackworth Island, Maine. Mackworth Island is one of the gems of Maine. Located on the border of Portland and Falmouth, there is a causeway which connects the island to the mainland. Whether you're hiking on the footpath, visiting the pet cemetery or just taking in the pristine views, you can easily make a day of visiting Mackworth Island.

Get to Portland or Falmouth so you can use the causeway and access the island. By car, it is easily reachable by taking Interstate 95 and connecting to Interstate 295. Portland, Maine has an airport which services many carriers. Also, you may take the train or bus from Boston to Portland, rent a car and navigate from there. Unlike some of Maine's other destinations, it is surprisingly easy to get to Mackworth Island.

Reserve lodging in either Portland or Falmouth. Mackworth Island is really just a day trip. Lodging needs to be found in the neighboring towns. Some favorites are the Falmouth Inn ( and the Portland Regency Hotel at (207) 774-4200.

Plan your day on Mackworth Island. Hiking and fishing are prominent activities as are cycling and jogging. Once you cross onto the island and stop at the toll booth, you will be directed to the parking area, which lists and directs you to these various recreations. Also, there is a Pet Cemetery and even a "haunted tree" with faces in it that was once seen on the hit TV show "Unsolved Mysteries."

Pack properly for the island. This is a "pack it in, pack it out" kind of place. There is no real food service to speak of, so pack your lunches or eat on the mainland. Bring essentials like sunscreen and proper clothing.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you or your child are hearing impaired and live in New England, you should consider the Governor Baxter School for the Deaf. It is located on Mackworth Island in Maine and is an exceptional school for a child with special needs.

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