|Lone fisherman enjoying solitude on Mackworth Island
I hadn't visited Mackworth Island in years, and when by friend Daneel suggested we take our little ones for a trip around the island I jumped at the chance. The twin two-and-a-half year-olds were able to do the entire loop and my 2-month old snuggled in his soft carrier. We also saw other parents complete the loop with sturdy strollers. This was the perfect little outing for a sunny summer day. It's a great options for families, joggers, or anyone looking for a little taste of 'vacationland'.
Here is how to recreate this adventure...
Adventure: Nature walk around Mackworth Island, Falmouth, Maine
|Typical beautiful view along trail on Mackworth Island
Getting there: From the south, Take I-95 North to I-295 North toward Portland. Take Exit 9 toward Route 1 North toward Falmouth Foreside. Then, take Route 1 North for about 2 miles. Turn right onto Andrews Ave, then left to cross the causeway onto Mackworth Island.
The only thing on the island beside the trail is the Baxter School for the Deaf. When you enter the island, there is a gate. The attendant will ask you if you are going to the school or the park. There is a $3 parking fee. Get there early to ensure parking (the lot is small). If full, you will have to wait for someone to leave or be turned away).
|Fairy Houses like this one are hidden in the trees.
Distance: 1.25 mile loop
|Beautiful beaches along the hike.
- Parking is limited. Be prepared to wait for a spot. I got there at 10 am and there was only one spot available at that time. It costs $3 but your time is not limited.
- Bring sunscreen and bug spray.
- Dogs are allowed but be aware that there are many children and joggers on the trail.
Daneel and I enjoyed sharing this adventure with the children. We kept marveling at how amazingly beautiful the Maine coast is. It was a perfect taste of Maine loveliness. I can't wait to go back!
|Great hike with kids!
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