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National Parks With Hiking
Acadia National Park
Pets are allowed on most hiking trails and Carriage Roads, as long as they are on a leash no longer than 6 feet. They are allowed at the campgrounds as long as they are not left unattended. Dogs are not permitted on beaches or the 4 ladder hiking trails on the mountain cliffs.
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State Parks With Hiking
Maine State Parks
No pets are allowed on beaches or in the Sebago Lake State Park campground. Pets must be on a leash not exceeding four feet in length and must not be left unattended. Pet owners may be assigned picnic or campsites in a less congested area of the park. Dogs are strictly forbidden in Baxter State Park.
Share A Favorite Hike With Your Dog In Maine
Your Dog's Favorite Hikes In Maine
Submitted by Gail & Caleb
My favorite hike in Maine with my dog was Gorham Mountain. It is a 4 mile hike round trip. The views on the way up and from the top are spectacular and well worth the effort of climbing the mountain. Caleb actually did better than I did climbing over the boulders on the Cadillac Cliffs portion of the hike. Be sure to take a camera along on this hike!
The Asticou Trail in Acadia National Park in Maine is a great forest hike. It is a less frequented trail, thereby making it a peaceful and solitary hike. You can access it from the Jordon Pond parking lot, hike the 2.2 miles and return via the shuttle bus (that dogs are welcome on) or make the return hike back. The day I hiked this trail, I only encountered one other couple and their two dogs.
Submitted by Megan & Anna
Ocean Park, Maine (near Old Orchard Beach) has a very liberal policy regarding dogs: Dogs are banned only between 10am and 5 pm from Memorial Day through Labor Day, and there is no posted leash law. Many people bring their dogs first thing in the morning and then at sunset. The sand is soft, and my dog Anna loves to play in it!
Submitted by Susan & Fred & Trixie
My pups and I just came back from a lovely day at Popham Beach, Maine. Popham Beach State Park DOES NOT allow dogs. However, if you continue past the state park entrance on Route 209, you dead end at Fort Popham Historic Site. The town beach to the right or east, allows dogs. Go early to get a parking spot. Clean up after the dogs with your own bags or retrieve Mutt Mitts from the beach entrance behind Percy's Store (where you can also park for $5 and they have excellent lobster rolls). The beach is long, sandy, and runs along the Kennebec River (salty) where it empties into the Atlantic. People are very dog friendly with some good dogs playing ball off leash! There are no facilities to obtain fresh water, other than the adjacent restaurant or Percy's, so pack a big water jug for your pooch. Also, there is no shade, so plan accordingly. There are several small islands off the beach, and during low tide, you can walk to one of them and your pup can swim. Be very careful of rip tides, though!! We thought that our planned beach day at Popham Beach State Park was going to be a bust, when we stumbled onto this doggie paradise. Remember to clean up after your dog, though, so we don't ruin a good thing!!
Submitted by Sweetie
Hi I live in Maine and have 6 dogs, you failed to mention that Maine has over 100,000 acres of White Mountain National State Forests here. With campgrounds, trails and rivers for all owners and dogs to enjoy. As long as they are under voice command they can be off leash. I like Evans Notch the very very very best as it has many miles of trails and campgrounds, lakes and rivers to spend time with my dogs. Please feature this on your site :0)
Submitted by Doug
We just came back from a week in Acadia National Park. I wanted to let you know that any trail at Acadia marked 'Strenuous" should not be attempted with a dog or other pet. Pretty much every one of them has an "ascent" section that will require you to scale rock formations, and probably 50% of them have iron rungs and ladders to scale sheer cliff faces. The park is amazing and the views at the top of these hikes are incredible, but pets and children should avoid these difficult climbs.
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