Travelers along Route 1 in southern Maine will delight in the town of Falmouth. Located just across the Portland border along the coast, Falmouth offers a variety of attractions for locals and visitors alike.
Cross the Martin's Point Bridge and continue along Route 1 to enjoy boutiques, shops and a variety of restaurants. Afterwards, enjoy the salty air of Casco Bay while on your hike around nearby Mackworth Island, home to Baxter School for the Deaf. Established by Governor Percival Baxter, the school is surrounded by a small field for picnicking, several beaches and a public trail all for a small entrance fee. Measuring just over a mile, the trail loops around the island treating visitors to views of Casco Bay, sandy beaches and rocky shores. It is the perfect place for an ocean-side picnic or shaded walk under the pine trees. As you explore this quiet island, be sure to pick up any interesting bits of shell, sea glass and driftwood to construct your own fairy house along the island's northern border. Leashed dogs are welcome. There is a small rest area and public parking is available.
Back on the mainland, just north of the island is the Gilsland Farm Center, headquarters for Maine Audubon Society. The Center offers 2- miles of trails along the Presumpscot River estuary through the rolling hills, forests and salt marsh of Falmouth. Enjoy a picnic in their butterfly garden and marvel at the hundreds of peonies growing throughout the property. Throughout the year, the Audubon hosts nature walks, seminars and educational programs exploring the natural beauty of the area.
Once you've completely enjoyed all that in-town Falmouth has to offer, venture along scenic Route 88 north, which winds through the coastline and admire the stately homes of Falmouth Foreside.