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Mackworth Island Hiking Trail

EASY 132 reviews

Mackworth Island Hiking Trail is a 1.4 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Falmouth, Maine that features a great forest setting and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and fishing and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 1.4 miles Elevation Gain: 45 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

fishing

hiking

trail running

walking

beach

forest

views

Shore walk around Mackworth Island State Park. There is an entrance fee: $3 fee per Maine resident $4 for non-residents.

walking
1 month ago

Great walk on a gorgeous day. No bugs with the wind coming off Casco Bay, Trails were well marked and mostly dry. Brung you trunks and take a swim off the jetty or at one of the beaches. Parking at the location $3 per ME adult resident.

hiking
1 month ago

Very scenic trail. I’ve come here a few times and love it each time. Fun little hidden pet cemetery in the woods on a side trail. Fantastic for all ages and pets! Be prepared to build a fairy house!

hiking
1 month ago

I love this place! Super pretty, my friend and I brought hammocks and chilled out by the beach for a few hours. Just watch out for the caterpillars, they're everywhere.

loved this trail. Its very scenic and has a great atmosphere and beautiful views.

hiking
4 months ago

my favorite relax walk; the best time is at daybreak

8 months ago

Great place to walk the dog or take the family. Views of Portland and and ocean surround the island. There are a couple of little beaches which are fun at low tide. Parking is often an issue. Get there early or risk not being able to park.

8 months ago

Pleasant, easy walk. Elevated all along the edge of the shoreline, but still within the woods. Very picturesque.

9 months ago

easy trail with great views! no bikes allowed.

10 months ago

This is a wonderful walk around a small island. Easy footing. Swings and benches follow this trail with a tiny fairy village and beaches along the way. Will be back! :)

trail running
10 months ago

So beautiful. Dogs must be kept on leash, even on the beach. Perfect walk with family & friends and close to Portland! Great trail run as well!

hiking
11 months ago

The day I went was a little foggy and misty and made it feel like an enchanted forest. I LOVED IT! I really loved all the Fairy homes and different benches you could sit on to rest and contenplate. Definitely going to come back again when I next visit Maine.

hiking
11 months ago

Easy walk around the island but good footwear is a must as many tree roots and slight downgrades can make it difficult to walk. Lots of lovely benches and swings to rest and take in the view and a couple of side trails that lead down to the water, including rocky shorelines to sit on chairs and sunbathe. It took me several tries to visit this island successfully due to the heavy traffic. Best to go early morning, parking is limited. Nominal entrance fee for both residents and visitors (even on foot/ by bike). Also, look up the sad/creepy history of the school on the island for an interesting story to share.

walking
Friday, July 13, 2018

Nice casual walking trail, several way points with swing benches to soak in the views, and be sure to check out the Fairy Community

walking
Saturday, June 30, 2018

Awesome casual walking trail; several swing benches to rest and soak up the views, fishing pier, and several sandy beaches. Be sure to visit the Island Community Village along the way and even build your own all natural house for the fairies (collect items along the walk).

Monday, June 04, 2018

I love this trail. Did it with my family yesterday. Will continue doing the veiws are breathtaking.

hiking
Monday, May 07, 2018

Great little, highly accessible trail. Marked down as parking can be a nightmare. Nice for running if it’s not crowded.

hiking
Sunday, May 06, 2018

Great trail with excellent views. It is high volume and can be tough at times to find parking. Dog friendly and great spots to stop and take in the beautiful views.

hiking
Friday, January 26, 2018

great trail. well maintained and great views of the bay. grey loons hugging the coastline and divin for fish. great striped bass fishing in season. just an all around great place. Enjoy..

hiking
Wednesday, January 03, 2018

Well maintained trail, even with snow. I was concerned, but it was compacted and I was able to walk merely in hiking boots without any issues.

Wednesday, December 06, 2017

It's a beautiful spot, a lovely walk. Easy, and accessible by all abilities, but the trail being gravel and dirt, is not wheelchair accessible.

walking
Saturday, September 02, 2017

I live in Portland so Mackworth is my go-to when I just need some fresh air and trees. It's a quick walk around the loop, but at low tide it's fun to beachcomb around the island too. Beautiful views across Casco Bay.

walking
Thursday, August 24, 2017

A perfect trail for when you want to go somewhere not too far from downtown Portland. The trail circles the island and there are beautiful views out to the water on every step. There is enough forestry to keep things cool but not too much to detract from the views. A perfectly pleasant afternoon walk.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Beautiful place for a short hike or spend the whole day swimming and picnicking. Bring your bug spray!

Tuesday, August 01, 2017

Easily accessible, the only issue is the parking.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Dog friendly. Not much parking.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Beautiful but if you're driving be there early

Sunday, June 04, 2017

Beautiful, peaceful.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

fairly simple scenic walk.

walking
Monday, November 14, 2016

A true gem of Portland that really gives you a great perspective of the city. A magical place and fun easy loop for anyone. Spectacular views.

Thursday, October 06, 2016

I used to walk this every day. The only issue is parking, but if you are an early bird like me, you should get a spot no problem. Parking before the bridge is for Falmouth residents ONLY. You will get ticketed or towed if not a resident. Mackworth Island is a state Park, and there is a fee.

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