Island Falls is a four-season destination that was a favorite getaway for Theodore Roosevelt in the late 1870s. Roosevelt visited the area to camp, hunt, fish, snowshoe, paddle, and reflect in solitude.
A 27-acre point of land at the confluence of the West Branch of the Mattawamkeag River and First Brook where the future president often went to walk and read now has a plaque erected in his honor, and is known as Bible Point State Historic Site.
Four town lakes - Upper Mattawamkeag Lake, Mattawamkeag Lake, Caribou Lake, and Pleasant Lake - are popular for fishing, canoeing, kayaking and boating. The 18-hole Va-Jo-Wa Golf Course is one of the most scenic in northern Maine with views of Mt. Katahdin and the front nine holes beside Pleasant Lake.
A section of Maine's Interconnected Trail System passes through Island Falls, making it easy for snowmobilers to explore the local landscape, or travel to Houlton, Millinocket or Lincoln. Ice fishing on local lakes and ponds is also a popular winter activity.
The Island Falls Historical Society preserves the early-1900s Tingley House, a restored potato house, and a former jail house that contains a museum of local artifacts.