The Best Day Hike You Can Take With Your Dog In Maine

Coastal Trail/Thompson Trail
Quoddy Head State Park • Lubec

How would you like to stand with your dog on the easternmost point in the continental United States and experience the nation’s first sunrise (at least part of the year, depending on the earth’s tilt.) You can do just that at Quoddy Head State Park where a lighthouse guiding ships through the fog has perched on 80-foot black rock cliffs since President Thomas Jefferson signed the authorization papers in 1808.

The Coastal Trail rolls south from the West Quoddy Head Light for two miles along the clifftops. Seaman will thrill in this rollercoaster romp at land’s end, eagerly bounding to the top of the many hillocks to see what awaits on the other side as the path dips and rises. Keep an eye on the waves crashingin from the Atlantic Ocean - tides can fluctuate as much as 20 feet. The fi- nal drop is into Carrying Place Cove where Seaman can enjoy the shal- low waters on a sandy beach.

The return trip over the inlandThompson Trail rolls through maritime forests of shallow-rooted white spruce and hardy balsam trees battling thewind and salt spray. Many of these arboreal warriors remain standing after losing the fight, leaving spectral sculptures along the coast. A side trip leads to the Carrying Place Cove Bog, a Na- tional Natural Landmark, where the subarctic remnant houses carnivorous plants that survive in low temperatures and thin, non-nurturing soil by sucking nutrients from captured insects.

HIKING TIME: 1-2 hours

(from the book 300 Day Hikes To Take With Your Dog Before He Tires You Out: Trails where you won’t be able to wipe the wag off your dog’s tail)


National Parks with Hiking

Acadia National Park
Pets are allowed on most hiking trails and Carriage Roads, as long as they are on a leash no longer than 6 feet. They are allowed at the campgrounds as long as they are not left unattended. Dogs are not permitted on beaches or the 4 ladder hiking trails on the mountain cliffs.


Links to National Forests With Hiking

White Mountain National Forest


State Parks With Hiking

Maine State Parks
No pets are allowed on beaches or in the Sebago Lake State Park campground. Pets must be on a leash not exceeding four feet in length and must not be left unattended. Pet owners may be assigned picnic or campsites in a less congested area of the park. Dogs are strictly forbidden in Baxter State Park.

 Aroostook State Park 
Bald Mountain Public Reserved Land
 Bigelow Preserve Public Reserved Land
Bradbury Mountain State Park
Camden Hills State Park
 Chamberlain Lake Public Reserved Land
Crescent Beach State Park 
Cutler Coast Public Reserved Land
Dead River Public Reserved Land
Deboullie Public Reserved Land
Dodge Point Public Reserved Land
 Donnell Pond Public Reserved Land
Duck Lake Public Reserved Land
Eagle Lake Public Reserved Land
Ferry Beach State Park 
 Four Ponds Public Reserved Land
Gero Island Public Reserved Land
Grafton Notch State Park 
Holbrook Island Sanctuary 
Holeb Public Reserved Land 
Houlton - Phair Junction Trail
Jay-Farmington/Whistle Stop Trail
Katahdin Iron Works 
Kennebee Valley Trail 
Lagrange - Medford Trail 
Lake St. George State Park 
 Lily Bay State Park 
Little Moose Public Reserved Land
Mackworth Island 
Mahoosues Public Reserved Land
Moose Point State Park 
Moosehead Lake Public Reserved Land
Mt. Blue State Park 
Nahmakanta Public Reserved Land
Peaks-Kenny State Park 
 Pineland Public Reserved Land
Quoddy Head State Park
Rangely State Park 
Reid State Park 
Round Pond Public Reserved Land
Scraggly Lake Public Reserved Land
 Shackford Head State Park 
 St. John Valley Trail 
Vaughan Woods State Park 
Warren Island State Park 
Wolfe's Neck Woods State Park


Hiking With Your Dog Maine