Dog Friendly Hiking Trails in Maine

If your dog likes to ruff it, bring Fido hiking in Maine. Our dog friendly hiking section includes everything from easy one-hour walks to fantastic overnight trips in Maine that won’t be soon forgotten. Seriously, go take a hike!

Pet Friendly Acadia National Park
Acadia National Park Acadia National Park has been a popular destination for dog owners for generations. Whatever you love to do in the great outdoors, you'll find an opportunity at this stunning, dog-friendly park in Bar Harbor, ME. Whether you are into camping, hiking, or kayaking, Acadia is the place for you and Fido! You can even get involved in geocache, check out the wildlife, fish, skijor, and more. With over 158 miles of hiking trails, 45 miles of carriage roads, and three campgrounds open to pets, you may never have enough time to explore every corner of this park, but even a glimpse will last in your mind for a lifetime. See Details
Pet Friendly Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge
Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge This gorgeous wildlife refuge is a fantastic place to enjoy the beauty of nature with your leashed, four-legged companion. See Details
Camden Hills State Park Enjoy the beauty of nature with Fido on 30 miles of dog-friendly hiking trails in Camden Hills State Park in Camden, ME. Bring a picnic to enjoy at the picnic area before or after exploring the beauty of the rocky shoreline. Dogs must be leashed on the trails. See Details
Jordan Pond Located at beautiful Acadia National Park in Seal Harbor, ME, Jordan Pond is considered one of the most picturesque areas in the entire park. Leashed dogs are welcome on the pet-friendly Shore Trail that loops around the pond, but they are not permitted in the water. See Details
Mackworth Island Mackworth Island, a legislated bird sanctuary, is a great place to walk dogs oceanside as you take in the sites. Open to visitors from dawn to dusk. Fido must remain on a leash at all times. See Details
Mount Agamenticus Your leashed pet is welcome on these well-marked trails with lovely mountain views. See Details
Wolfe's Neck Woods State Park Casco Bay Trail carries visitors along Maine's legendary coast. Relatively easy hike with great views. Dogs are welcome on trails, but not on the beaches. See Details
Fort Williams Park Leashed dogs are welcome to enjoy Fort Williams Park with their humans. Located adjacent to the famous Portland Head Light, Fort Williams Park offers more than 90 acres of space where you and your pup can enjoy a picnic, walk along the paths, explore the cliff-side loop and rocky beach, and spend a day in the great outdoors. Dogs must be leashed at all times. See Details
Ogunquit Marginal Way Dog Walk Leashed dogs are allowed from October 1 to March 31. Dogs are NOT allowed from April 1 to September 30. See Details
Ovens Mouth Preserve Dogs are welcome off-leash at Ovens Mouth Preserve as long as they remain in your sight and under voice control. Ovens Mouth Preserve offers nature-lovers hiking trails, quiet coves, and salt marshes. See Details
Bangor City Forest This city forest is a beautiful place for your and your on-leash pet to soak up some natural beauty. Includes 9 miles of hiking trails. See Details
Mountain Division Trail The Mountain Division Trail is one of 1600 rail-trails supported by Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, a nonprofit organization that is working to create a nationwide network of trails from former rail lines and connecting corridors. Previously an unused railroad corridor, this "rail-trail" is now a great place to walk Fido in Windham! The map below shows a parking area with convenient access to the Mountain Division Trail. Rails-to-Trails Conservancy has generously provided map data for this trail to Bring Fido for informational purposes only. For more detailed trail information, please visit TrailLink.com. See Details
Mountain Division Trail The Mountain Division Trail is one of 1600 rail-trails supported by Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, a nonprofit organization that is working to create a nationwide network of trails from former rail lines and connecting corridors. Previously an unused railroad corridor, this "rail-trail" is now a great place to walk Fido in Standish! The map below shows a parking area with convenient access to the Mountain Division Trail. Rails-to-Trails Conservancy has generously provided map data for this trail to Bring Fido for informational purposes only. For more detailed trail information, please visit TrailLink.com. See Details
Hedgehog Mountain Trail Head Hedgehog Mountain Trail Head is the starting point for a great network of pet-friendly trails. The pathways are marked and most loop back to the parking area. Rules state dogs may be off leash if under voice control. See Details
Witch Hole Pond Loop Witch Hole Pond Loop is pet-friendly. There are 150 miles of trails throughout Acadia National Park, and this trail is one of the most accessible for pups and their owners. Witch Hole Pond Loop is one of Acadia's famed carriage roads that’s perfect for a winter excursion. This five mile loop is rated as easy and can be completed in a couple of hours. See Details
Monhegan Island trails About 12 miles of trails, often steep and strenuous, lead through wooded areas and over rocky ledges up to the highest ocean cliffs on the Maine coastline. Volunteers and experienced woodsmen work tirelessly to improve the trails but there will always be a slippery spot or a steep climb. Get a trail map at an Island shop before setting out with your leashed dog. Most of the Island is wild land, with woods and undergrowth so thick you can’t cut across from one trail to another without becoming lost. The trail map published by the Monhegan Associates, showing trails, their names, their numbers, and their difficulty, is reliable, cheap, and easily available. You can view it online but really should plan on purchasing one (for a nominal fee) to carry when you hike away from the Village. You’ll be charged boat fare for your dog and are expected to dispose of its waste as in a city. See Details
Portland Head Light The Portland Head Light is a pet-friendly lighthouse. Bring your dog to one of the most famous lighthouses in Maine. It isn't just the sight of the lighthouse that your pooch will enjoy, there's also an off-leash area for your pup to run freely. Dogs are welcome in the other outdoor areas of Fort Williams Park, as long as they are leashed. Bring some food and hang out for a while at one of the grills next to a picnic bench. See Details
Mount Apatite Mount Apatite in Auburn, ME, features lots of dog-friendly hiking trails rated easy to moderate with a few spots for Fido to swim. It is the same parking lot as the baseball fields; park towards the back and follow the trail. In the winters, the trail is groomed for cross country skiing and snow shoeing. In the spring, summer, and fall, the trails are open to mountain bikers, runners, hikers, and other non-motorized trail users. See Details
Cascade Park Get some exercise with your pet on the hills of this Bangor park. They're welcome to play off-leash as long as they're under voice control. See Details
Bar Harbor Shore Path Bar Harbor Shore Path is dog-friendly. More than a century old, this level walking path follows the shore of Frenchman Bay from the centrally located Town’s Ells Pier to Wayman Lane along the East shore. It passes one of Bar Harbor’s oldest inns. The coastal sights are great too, including views of the Porcupine Islands, Balance Rock, Egg Rock Light and the Schoodic Peninsula. Dogs are welcome on a leash on the path. It can be accessed all day. See Details
Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument is pet-friendly. Located across a wild landscape offering spectacular views of Mount Katahdin, Katahdin Woods and Waters is a rural adventure land to enjoy with your pooch. The national monument has streams, woods, flora, fauna, interesting geology, and the night skies to enjoy. Leashed pups are welcome to join you on the trails, as long as all mess is cleaned up after them to preserve the cleanliness of the area. See Details
Gorham Mountain Loop Gorham Mountain Loop is pet-friendly. If Fido is looking for a challenge, this hike cuts across the mountains and offers views of both the coastline and the surrounding peaks. Take a break at the 525-foot-high summit and soak in the spectacular autumn display. Leashed dogs are welcome on the trail, too. See Details
Ocean Path Trail Ocean Path Trail is pet-friendly. For an easy yet beautiful way to see Acadia, hike this trail through old-growth forests that hug the Maine coastline. At just over 2 miles in length, this easy walk through the woods is great for all levels of hiker. Leashed dogs are welcome. See Details
Casco Bay Trail Casco Bay Trail is a dog-friendly hiking path located inside Wolfe's Neck Woods State Park in Freeport, ME. Fido is welcome to join you on this coastal trail, but dogs must remain on a leash. Casco Bay Trail offers an interpretive panel educating visitors on surrounding islands. This half-mile stretch can be combined with other trails in the park, like the White Pines Trail. See Details