Acadia with Your Dog

Acadia National Park is one of the most pet friendly national parks in the country, so you’ll find plenty to do here with your best friend!
The only trails that don’t allow dogs are those that require the use of ladders, which leaves 100 miles of trails for you and your dog to sniff. All of the carriage roads are open to pets. Pets are also welcome in most pubic areas and on the free Island Explorer Bus that runs throughout the park and around the island.
There are also plenty of dog-friendly accommodations, restaurants and shops around the island.
Visit Acadia with Your Dog

Off Leash Play

Little Long Pond

Just outside the National Park border is a 1,000-acre park called Little Long Pond. Formerly owned by the Rockefeller family, this land was donated to, and is now managed by, the Land and Garden Preserve. Dogs are welcome to leave their leashes behind while they swim in the pond, splash in the stream, romp in the woods and meadows, or stroll the trails and carriage roads that criss-cross the preserve.  There is no road sign marking this spot, so keep an eye out for the distinctive gate at Bracy Cove between Seal Harbor and Northeast Harbor.
The lands and trails of the Preserve total approx. 1,165 acres including Little Long Pond. They can be enjoyed year-round during daylight hours and are perfect for the whole family to walk, hike, and explore.
  • Dogs are allowed in all areas of the Preserve except Preserve Gardens.
  • Dogs are allowed off-leash only if under voice control.
  • Biking and motor vehicles are not permitted.
  • Camping, hunting, trapping, and fires are not permitted.
  • Swimming at Little Long Pond is allowed in designated areas.
  • Please remember to take out what you bring in, including pet waste.
  • No public restrooms available.
1) Eliot Mountain Trail extends north from Route 3 / Peabody Drive to the summit of Eliot Mountain, where it meets the Asticou Ridge Trail and the Charles Savage Trail. Length: 1.0 miles
2) Asticou Ridge Trail extends northward from the summit of Eliot Mountain. It eventually exits the Preserve, enters Acadia National Park, and ultimately connects with the Asticou and Jordan Pond Path. Length: 0.8 miles
3) Charles Savage Trail extends northwest-southeast between The Richard Trail and the Map House Trail and passes up and over the summit of Eliot Mountain. At the summit it connects with the Eliot Mountain Trail and the Asticou Ridge Trail. Length: 0.9 miles
4) Map House Trail extends north from Thuya Garden to the Map House. Part of the trail, and the Map House itself, are on private property over which the Preserve has trail access rights. The Map House Trail intersects with Asticou Hill Trail (a private road that can be used by hikers to reach the Asticou Azalea Garden) and the Asticou and Jordan Pond Path in Acadia National Park. Length: 0.9 miles
5) Asticou Stream Trail begins at Route 3 / Peabody Drive across from the Asticou Azalea Garden and immediately west from the Asticou Inn. It extends along the stream to the harbor and from there continues to the sidewalk along Harborside Road which leads into the Village of Northeast Harbor. Length:  0.3 miles
6) Harbor Brook Trail extends north-south between Route 3/Peabody Drive (approximately midway between Bracy Cove and Thuya Drive) and Jordan Pond Path in Acadia National Park. This trail is a favorite of many because it parallels Little Harbor Brook and traverses a quiet, wooded section of the Preserve that is less traveled. Length: 1.6 miles
7) The Richard Trail extends east-west from Thuya Drive (at the Thuya Garden parking area) to the David & Neva Trail. It crosses the Eliot Mountain and Harbor Brook Trails as well as Little Harbor Brook. This trail includes two scenic staired sections that pass along cliff bases. (Soon to be updated on map.) Length: 1.3 miles
8) Jordan Stream Path extends north-south (paralleling Jordan Stream) between the north end of the David & Neva Trail and the Cobblestone Bridge. Beyond the bridge the path extends into Acadia National Park to Jordan Pond. The path has two spurs that extend east to the carriage road. Length:  0.5 miles
9) David & Neva Trail begins at the carriage road slightly west from the dam at the south end of Little Long Pond and extends north to the Jordan Stream Path. It traverses woodlands and the western meadow and passes alongside the pond and wetlands and is popular among hikers at the Preserve. This trail was first blazed by David Rockefeller 75 years ago and revived by his daughter, Neva, 50 years ago. Length: 1.0 miles
10) Friend’s Trail begins near the “upper” parking area located approximately ¼ mile west from the Bracy Cove entrance to the Little Long Pond lands. From the parking area follow the carriage road beyond the gate a short distance to a grass area on the right where the trail begins. From there the trail extends through woods to beautiful ledge outcrops. On the ledge the trail splits and provides two routes down to the carriage road that extends along the west side of the pond and passes over the dam at the south end of the pond. Please stay between the markers on the ledge to protect the beautiful plants, mosses, and lichens. Length: 0.4 miles

Blue Horizon

Located on the western side of Mount Desert Island, the 82-acre Blue Horizons Preserve features small meadows surrounded by a maturing spruce forest and bordered with a sweeping cobble beach. The property was donated to Maine Coast Heritage Trust in 2010 so that “the inhabitants of Mount Desert could swim in open water, picnic, kayak, sail, and schools might bring in science classes to visit [the] bog and shoreline.” Two cottages, a small pump house, utility sheds and a seawall remain.
Visit Blue Horizons throughout the year. The preserve is a wonderful place to observe wildlife, especially near the shore and by a vernal pool where wood frogs and spotted salamanders entertain guests in the spring and early summer. Mudflats offshore are also popular with shellfish harvesters.
  • No camping permitted
  • No fires permitted
  • Stay on established trails
  • Foot traffic only – trails are not suitable for wheeled vehicles
  • Carry out all trash including human and pet waste and toilet paper
  • Keep pets under control
  • Please respect the privacy of preserve neighbors
  • Do not remove archaeological artifacts
  • The two cottages on the preserve are used to house MCHT’s seasonal staff. Please do not enter the buildings.
From Route 102 in Town Hill, head west on Indian Point Road. Drive 0.5 mile to a gravel driveway, Fire Road 800, on the right. Parking is available along the road’s shoulder. There is a locked gate at the entrance to the driveway. The driveway is marked with a MCHT sign.
Follow the gravel road, downhill, through the woods for about 0.3 miles, passing several vernal pools on the left and crossing over a small stream (both may be dry, depending on the time of year and amount of rainfall).
Your first trail option will be on the left hand side of the gravel road. This 1/3 mile long trail includes many split log walkways and can be quite wet and muddy especially during the Spring. Consider the other trailhead if you’re hoping to NOT give your best friend a bath later in the day. This trail will eventually end of a rocky beach, looking out at Clark Cove. If the tide is low, you can walk to the right, heading towards two caretaker cabins and the other trailhead.
If you choose to pass by the first trailhead, the second trail option will be slightly further down the gravel road, on your right. This trail tends to be much less muddy during the spring. After 0.4 miles, you will end up on the upper side of Clark Cove. Again, if the tide is low, you can walk along the beach to the left and meet up with the first trailhead, eventually looping back to the gravel road and parking area.

Official National Park Pet Policy

  • All pets must be restrained on a leash no longer than 6 feet (2 m).
  • Pets should not be left unattended. Summer sunshine poses a threat to pets in vehicles.
  • Pet owners are responsible for removing pet waste from campground, picnic areas, parking lots, roads, and other developed areas.
  • Service Animals may accompany their owners to all park locations.
There are 100 miles (161 km) of hiking trails and 45 miles (72 km) of carriage roads in the park where pets are permitted.
Blackwoods, Seawall, and Schoodic Woods campgrounds permit pets.
  • Most lakes in the park are public water supplies. Pets and people may not swim in them.
  • Sand Beach (June 15-Sept 8) and Echo Lake (May 15-Sept 15) are off-limits to pets.
  • Public buildings
  • Ranger-led programs
  • Wild Gardens of Acadia (Sieur de Monts)
  • Precipice
  • Beehive
  • Ladder Trail to Dorr Mountain
  • Beech Cliffs Trail
  • Perpendicular Trail (Mansell Mountain)
  • Jordan Cliffs Trail between Penobscot East Trail and the carriage road
  • Acadia Mountain
  • Flying Mountain
  • Giant Slide
  • Cadillac Mountain – West Face Trail
  • Bubble and Jordan Ponds Path, between the carriage road and The Featherbed pond
  • Norembega Goat Trail
  • Bubbles-Pemetic Trail
  • Penobscot Mountain (Spring) Trail
  • Upper Beachcroft Trail
  • Upper Gorge Trail
Acadia With Your Dog