What’s a vacation without your furry best friend? Downeast offers an array of dog-friendly Maine attractions that will you keep you and your pup busy during your stay. Acadia National Park is one of the most pet-friendly national parks in the country! Hike beautiful trails through the woods. Sniff out the best spots to picnic along the rocky coast. Most importantly, the two of you can enjoy quality time together surrounded by stunning natural landscapes! We’ve compiled a list of suggested trails and day trips that you and your pooch will love.
Dog-Friendly Attractions in Downeast, Maine
Acadia National Park Dog-Friendly Trails
Compass Harbor Trail
Trek through forested landscapes and admire towering trees and overgrown foliage as you make your way to the rocky coast on the Compass Harbor trail. Once you reach Dorr Point, snap a few photos of your four-legged travel buddy in front of a breathtaking backdrop. From here, you can see Compass Harbor and the Porcupine Islands!
Tail-Waggin’ Tip: Don’t forget to pack a portable water bowl, a couple of tennis balls, and some tasty treats for your pooch when hiking!
Cadillac Summit-Loop Trail
The Cadillac Summit-Loop trail is an easy, paved trail that both you and your canine companion can enjoy! This 0.3-mile loop wraps around the tallest peak of Cadillac Mountain and offers unparalleled views of Acadia National Park! This trail is one of many pet-friendly areas available to those visiting the park.
Tail-Waggin’ Tip: Keep your dog on a leash at all times to ensure their safety and help maintain the preservation of the park!
Acadia National Park Dog-Friendly Beaches
Unfortunately, the swim beaches do not allow dogs during the summer swim season! Consider hiking the Bar Island trail in Acadia National park instead! The trail connects Mount Desert Island and Bar Island at low tide. You and your pup can explore tide pools and soak up the saltwater air while traversing the muddy gravel.
Tail-Waggin’ Tip: Don’t forget to pick up after your pet! Do your part to keep the parks clean.
Isle au Haut
Dogs and their owners can embark on an expedition to Isle au Haut on the Isle au Haut Ferry! Spend the day hiking around this island off the coast of Stonington, ME. In addition to rocky coastlines and forested areas, you will also encounter bogs and marshes as well as a mile-long freshwater lake!
Tail-Waggin’ Tip: While pets can enjoy over 100 miles of hiking trails and 45 miles of carriage roads in Acadia National Park, many areas remain off limits to your dog. Check the NPS page to make sure you know where to go and where not to go when you visit!
Dog-Friendly Accommodations at Pilgrim’s Inn
While planning your perfect dog-friendly Maine vacation, consider staying at Pilgrim’s Inn on Deer Isle! You and your happy hound can curl up in one of our pet-friendly cottages after a busy day exploring Downeast, ME, and all the amazing things to do in the area! Ginny’s Cottage 2 provides ample space for you and your dog to relax. After exploring our beautiful property, head back to your cottage for a glass of wine in front of the fireplace!
We look forward to your visit!