No shortage of adventure here
Little Long Pond from the front of the park.
Little Long Pond from the back of the leash-free area
Really a beautiful place to visit with your off-leash dog.
Really a beautiful place to visit with your off-leash dog.
Really a beautiful place for you and your dog. Dogs can hike, swim, play with friends
No shortage of adventure here
Little Long Pond from the front of the park.


Walk your leashed pet through famous Acadia National Park to this private off-leash area, where pets are welcome to run and play. Be careful as area is not fenced.


BringFido Traveler Rating

Little Long Pond Leash-Free Area has received a rating of 4.6 out of 5 bones by 14 canine critics on BringFido.

  • Sep. 15, 2019
    Nice Dog Area But Be Vigilant

    Nice dog park with a pond with crystal clear water where our pup was able to swim. Unfortunately, our pup got bitten by a pit-bull and the pit-bull owner was careless.

  • More than a year ago
    This is a must!

    We have been coming to Maine for the last 6 years and last year we had 1 dog this year we have 2 and found this gem near the end of our stay. Very well maintained, very beautiful park. Large enough to wear or two out and anyone who had or has ever had a lab puppy knows how hard that is. Everyone we met there was super friendly and understanding of our overly excited to meet you little girl as well. A definite place will be returning too.

  • More than a year ago
    Great place to swim

    This place is great. Right at the beginning was a nice access to the pond. We visited in early September and water still looked ok for swimming. It is about 4 mile loop around the lake, I was told by a local. My pup enjoyed the water and romping off leash. Parking was along the road.

  • More than a year ago
    Great off leash location.

    There are two places to park to get here. One is on RT.3 and the other is just up the street in the upper parking lot. We started from the street location. We kept on the main Carriage path and stayed to the left. There were signs leading back to the pond but we continued on heading towards the upper lot, once we reached the lot area we took Friends path back down to where we parked on the road. Once we we're far enough from the street we let our Lab off leash. Everyone we ran into was friendly as we're their dogs.

  • More than a year ago
    Best Place Ever

    First... let me just say thank you for allowing us to enjoy this beautiful spot!!!! I'm not sure who loves it more, my husband or our dogs!!! We go as often as we can....and always leave happy! Even if we didn't have dogs, I think we would still go there!!!

  • More than a year ago
    Nice, but ...

    It is amazing to have such a place to be able to have dogs off leash. Thanks to the Rockefellers who made this possible. Acadia is very dog friendly, but we know our furry kids like freedom. This place offers it. My husband and I only experienced well behaved owners and dogs. However, with any leash free area you have to be proactive. There are a few options for paths and walking distances. I wish there were some waste baskets in another place other than the entrance, but that's the life a dog owner...carrier of poo. The pond...not sure if it was not appealing due to the season, but it was hard to find areas dogs could go on without coming out like mud pits. Also, the obvious presence of leaches freaked me out. The water was also extremely stagnant. Not good. We are used to our dog swimming in natural areas, but this one made us nervous.

  • More than a year ago
    Beauty of nature, great trails

    One of my top three dog parks. Privately owned but open to public use. Fully leash free. Natural wooded trails.very well maintained. We hiked the Friends trail. It went through the woods to a carriage trail, to a meadow by the pond, and along the pond on boardwalks. The dogs and humans were exhausted and happy.

  • More than a year ago
    Dog Heaven

    There's no other way to describe this place... it's dog heaven. There are hiking trails, huge meadows to run in, a nice big pond for a swim, it's perfection. The best part is, everyone who we crossed paths with in August of 2015 was so friendly. I hope that everyone who visits treats this place with respect, because it's a wonderful gift to dog owners.

  • More than a year ago
    Great Find!

    My Cardigan Corgi, Amelia, and I went to explore this area for the first time today. We hike Acadia often, but this was our best hike yet! The carriage trails are well-maintained, the swimming was great, and the other people and dogs were wonderful as well. The only downside is if your dog doesn't do well on voice commands only you may want to wait til you get down to the trails to let them loose. The area by the entrance is not fenced so only bushes separate it from the road.

  • More than a year ago
    Wonderful area for dogs & their owners

    We took our 2 Samoyeds to Little Long Pond every day we were in the Acadia area. The dogs were in heaven. Fresh water lakes & streams to jump in. Fields & trails to follow. Lots of wonderful dogs and their owners to meet & play with. Want to thank the Rockefeller family for permitting our dogs & us to walk your beautiful property.

  • More than a year ago
    good citizenship

    I just have to say that, sadly, after years of year-round use, I now rarely go to this location during the summer. I believe its may be being loved to death. Yes, dogs meeting other dogs is a great thing. Most other dogs and owners are great, but, unfortunately, in the summer there are now at times too many dogs whose owners feel it's fine for their dog to charge you and yours, and not always with totally benign intentions. You may think it's harmless fun, but no decent dog trainer is going to tell you it's OK for your dog to do that.
    Please, clean up after your dog and respect other dogs, their owners and those who provide this truly special resource. As a year round resident I sure don't want to lose the right to use this land for a leash-free walk other times of the year. However, it's my understanding and concern that the property owners may be becoming increasingly frustrated by some of these problems, including dog fights, which, apparently and inexplicably they sometimes are blamed for.
    (Oh, and I shouldn't have to say this, but "clean up" does NOT mean leaving your dog's waste along side the road in a plastic bag. For the life of me I don't understand it, but It happens a LOT in the summer. Please, just don't do it.)
    Thanks for hearing my concerns.

  • More than a year ago
    Thank you to the Rockefellers

    This truly is a gift to all dog owners and dogs. What a beautiful area to frolic around. Met some really nice people and dogs and was very picturesque.

  • More than a year ago
    Mario and Luigi LOVED IT

    our two Chihuahuas ran around like they were puppies again and made some new friends while we were here. While I usually don't let my boys off their leashes (we live in suburban NJ.. cars and other dangers) I felt comfortable enough to let my boys off their leashes here. Great place to let them run and play off their cabin fever of the hotel room and the car !

  • More than a year ago
    Puppy Heaven

    Privately owner by the Rockefeller family there are literally hundreds of acres of fields, carriage roads and hiking trails. I bring my Lab/Pit MIx Kaiser at least once a week and its his favorite place in the whole world. All of the dogs and their people are friendly and its not unusual to have a dozen or so dogs all playing together as we walk the 4.5 mile loop around the park.

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April 2018
Great for off leash
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Little long pond
Leo At Little Long Pond

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