THE SHORE PATH follows
the scenic shoreline of Frenchman Bay for a mile from the piers at the
Town Wharf to Cromwell Cove. Dogs must be leashed.
THE VILLAGE GREEN in the center of town is quite small, but there is room for you and your dog to stretch your legs. Dogs must be leashed.
GRANT PARK is
little more than a city block in size, but it's something of a
well-kept secret, so you and your dog are likely to have it pretty much
to yourselves. The harbor views are unsurpassed.
MOOSEHORN NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE covers
almost 25,000 acres of pristine forests, rolling hills, and glaciated
rocky ledges. You and your leashed dog might enjoy the 50 miles of
trails that traverse it all
BELFAST CITY PARK, offers a large grassy comon for ball-throwing and a long stretch of rocky beach.
BLUE HILL FALLS
features a unique pair of reversing falls between Salt Pond and Blue
Hill Bay. There are nearby rocky and marsh areas where your dog can
BLUE HILL TRAIL, leads 940 feet up Blue Hill, a hike of a little more than a mile. Dogs under control are allowed off-leash.
BLUE HILL TOWN PARK, a small waterfront park, provides your dog a chance to cavort around the ocean. Dogs must be leashed.
HOLBROOK ISLAND SANCTUARY,
is a wildlife sanctuary offering 1,231 diverse acres to explore. There
are beaches, mud flats, ponds, and pine forests, along with ancient
volcanoes to climb.There are nine different trails for you and your
CAMDEN HILLS STATE PARK
has 3,474 acres of wooded, mountaininous coastline and 30 miles of
fantastic trails, plus camping and take-your-breath-away views. Dogs
must be leased in all state parks.
MERRYSPRING PARK is
a lovely arboretum in 66 acres of woodland, gardens, and wetlands. Dogs
must be leashed near the entrance to the park, but may be off leash on
the trails if under control.
VILLAGE GREEN is
a smalll park overlooking Camden Harbor. It provides a lovely green
space to picnic in or watch the boats come in and out. Benches and
stone walls line the walkways, and a waterfall cascades down a granite
wall nearby. Dogs are welcome, but must be on leash.
FORT GEORGE, built by the British in 1779, is mostly gone save
for the grass-covered fortifications that outline where a fort once
stood. This reportedly is the site of Hancock County's first hanging;
the ghost of the doomed drummer boy who is said to be heard every
August. Now the site is mainly a ball field, but you can walk your
leashed dog on the trail along the outer edge.
CUTLER COAST PUBLIC LANDS is
a 12,234-acre expanse of blueberry barrens, woodland, and peatlands
with 4.5 miles of headlands (interspersed by pocket coves and cobble
beaches) overlooking the Bay of Fundy. Hikers and their dogs can enjoy
ten miles of trails, three remote tent sites, and spectacular views
from the property's steep cliffs, part of the dramaric "Bold Coast"
that extends from Cutler to Lubec.
EDGAR M. TENNIS PRESERVE is
a 40-plus acre reserve managed by the Island Heritage Land Trust
overlooking Southeast Harbor. Although the trails are not in top shape,
you can find your way through a pine forest to some sandy spots along
the water. The view from the point is beautiful, and you might wish to
stop for a picnic while your dog happily swims in the gentle harbor
waters. Dogs are allowed off leash if under voice command.
SHACKFORD HEAD STATE PARK,
occupies a 90-acre peninsula on Cobscook Bay. The park has plenty
of shoreline, protected coves and beautiful views. There aren't many
specific routes, but a single mile-long hiking rail runs from the
parking area trugh the woods out to the rocky point of Shackford Head.
Dogs must be leashed in all state parks.
COBSCOOK BAY STATE PARK,
888 aces, has plenty of hiking trails open for exploring and for
cross-country skiing during winter. There is a shoreline of majestic
pines and the highest tides in the continental United States, with a
difference of 24 feet between low and high.
LAMOINE STATE PARK, 55 acres on the rocky shore of Frenchman Bay, welcomes dogs. Dogs must be leashed in all state parks.
QUODDY HEAD STATE PARK,
481 acres, is the easternmost point of the United States and a great
place to view the adjacent Quoddy Head Lighthouse. It's also a good
place for some serious coastal hiking. There are trails along the rocky
shoreline (complete with 80-foot cliffs), along with a thick evergreen
forest and a peat bog via a boardwalk. Dogs must be leashed in all
CRAIG BROOK FISH HATCHERY/GREAT POND MOUNTAIN provides a
nature trail, a one-mile interpretive walk along boulder-strewn Craig
Brook. The Great Pond Mountain Trail begins one mile north of the
hatchery and leads to the summit of Great Pond Mountain, which towers
1,038 feet and offers lookouts of Penobscot Bay, Mount Desert Island,
and the Camden Hills. Dogs are allowed off leash on this trail.
FORT KNOX STATE HISTORIC SITE
features a massive granite fort built in 1844. This fort, which sits on
the cliffs overlooking the Penobscot River and Bucksport, protected
Maine's valuable North Woods and llumber industry. You and your leashed
dog are welcome to walk the state grounds and the fort itself,
including the barracks, cannon stations, and parade ground.
ROCKLAND BREAKWATER/MARIE REED PARK, offers a unique walk into Rockland Harbor. Bring your dog here for an hour or so of exercise.
ROCKLAND HARBOR TRAIL, offers a unique walk into Rockland Harbor. Bring your dog here for an hour or so of exercise.
ROQUE BLUFFS STATE PARK,
offers a 274-acre park with woodlands as well as fresh and saltwater
swimming. There is a day-use fee of $1. Dogs must be leashed.
MOOSE POINT STATE PARK, 183 acres, offers a small rocky beach, trails, and a picnic area over-looking the ocean. Dogs kept on leashes are welcome.
MOSMAN MEMORIAL PARK
is a small oceanfront park offering a great swimming beach that allows
dogs. On a bluff above there is a grassy open space for ball-throwing
and picnic tables for enjoying your lunch.
SANDY POINT BEACH
is 1,370 yeards long and sits on one of the widest points of the
Penobscot River, just before it empties into Penobscot Bay. The remains
of the old Steamboat Wharf make for a good place to sniff around. Dogs
kept on leashes are welcome.
FORT POINT STATE PARK, 154 acres, was the site of a 1626 British trading post until it became the British Fort Pownall in 1759. The colonists took it over in 1775 in the War of Independence. Dogs must be kept on leashes.
CARTER NATURE PRESERVE is
a half-mile trail on the northern corner of surry Neck overlooking
Morgan Bay. Although the trail really isn't long enough to tire most
dogs, it is a great place to picnic. Dogs must be leashed.