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Mackworth Island Hiking Trail

EASY 181 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









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

14 days ago

Quick hike with great views.

1 month ago

Great trail with scenery all around, plenty of benches and swings to sit and relax, and access to the beach too

1 month ago

Great trail for running!

2 months ago

Great trail around the island. Nice for a hike or run. Walk on the beach areas. Good for dogs but would be better if they were permitted off leash. After all the man who dedicated the island to Maine has his pet cemetery there in their honour. Beautiful views.

easy and beautiful! Bikes are not allowed on trail.

4 months ago

Loved this. Super easy walk along a dirt path that circles around the island. No bugs or mud. Lots of cute benches / swings along the way. Don’t miss the fairy houses!

5 months 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.

6 months 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!

6 months 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.

6 months ago

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

8 months ago

my favorite relax walk; the best time is at daybreak

Mon Nov 19 2018

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.

Sun Oct 21 2018

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

Fri Oct 19 2018

easy trail with great views! no bikes allowed.

Sat Sep 08 2018

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! :)

Mon Sep 03 2018

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!

Thu Aug 09 2018

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.

Sun Jul 29 2018

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.

Fri Jul 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

Sat Jun 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).

Mon Jun 04 2018

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

Mon May 07 2018

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

Sun 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.

Fri Jan 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..

Wed Jan 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.

Wed Dec 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.

Sat Sep 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.

Thu Aug 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.

Thu Aug 17 2017

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

Tue Aug 01 2017

Easily accessible, the only issue is the parking.

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