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Exploring Falmouth's Mackworth Island: Maine’s Fairy Island

Updated: Aug 25, 2023

The state of Maine has no shortage of parks and natural attractions to explore. During this weekend's trip, we decided to take a drive to Mackworth Island located in Falmouth.

Keep reading to see why the small island should be your next outing!

Mackworth Island

Mackworth Island is a state park that is connected to the town of Falmouth by a causeway at the mouth of the Presumpscot River right off of Route 1, making it a very easy island to get to. Fees: Adult Maine Resident: $3.00, Adult Non Resident: $4.00, Senior Non Resident: $1.00

The 1.25-mile trail that loops around the island takes about an hour to complete at a comfortable pace and offers incredible views of Casco Bay and Portland. With the shade of the trees and the ocean breeze, the island had the perfect weather for a summer stroll.

Unique to the island is the fairy village which is made up of numerous tiny fairy homes to shelter the fairies that visit the island. To build a fairy home you must be creative and gather natural materials from the landscape itself like stones, shells, bark, and sticks. The rules say not to bring any artificial materials and that you should treat the island with care since that is what will keep the fairies coming back.

As we walked the path, we enjoyed looking at the imaginative homes that people have made for the fairies. Some of them were very detailed with walking paths and furniture. After all, we must make sure the fairies have a comfortable stay! If you plan to make it over to the island, I challenge you to look out for natural materials that you can use to build your own fairy home.


Thanks for reading!

- The Maine Chick!



Welcome to "The Maine Chick," where I celebrate all things Maine, embracing the Maine way and living life to the fullest! While you can often find me exploring my hometown of Portland, Maine, you'll also catch me traveling around the globe. Follow along!

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