Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Mackworth Island Trail

Mackworth Island Trail, Portland

Description: Mackworth Island is a legislated bird sanctuary approximately 100 acres in size, and is connected to Falmouth by a causeway at the mouth of the Presumpscot River . It is the former home of James Phinney Baxter and of his son, Governor Percival Baxter, and was deeded to the State of Maine in 1943. Currently it is the site of the Baxter School for the Deaf.
The island is open to visitors from dawn to dusk. The perimeter path is maintained by the Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands. A detailed trail map can be borrowed from the guard at the gatehouse near the parking area though there is only one trail and it easy to find and follow. An outhouse is also available in the parking lot. The perimeter walk is level, easy and provides delightful views of the Casco Bay and the city of Porltand. There are several outlets from the trail to little beaches and lookouts all along the way.
Directions: Approach the island from Route 1 just north of the city of Portland off interstate 295. Take a right at the end of the Andrews Avenue Causeway onto what appears to be a residential road. Follow signs to Mackworth Island. Parking is limited to 20 cars. No fee is required.

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