This story was initially revealed in September 2013.
Since my canine Oreo entered my life, new questions pop into my head every single day. And in our brief time collectively, we’ve already discovered plenty of stunning and enjoyable trails to discover.
The next 10 locations are just some examples of the various wilderness areas you may discover together with your canine in Maine:
Nice Pond Mountain Wildlands in Orland totals greater than 2,300 acres and consists of a number of multi-use roads and trails, and canines on leash are allowed on all of those roads and trails aside from Hothole Brook Path and Nice Meadow Path, as a consequence of an abundance of porcupines on these two trails. Nice Pond Mountain and Flagg Hill are two nice hikes for canines and supply beautiful views on the prime. Entry is free. For info, go to greatpondtrust.org.
Petit Manan Level Division of the Coastal Maine Islands Nationwide Wildlife Refuge in Steuben is a 2,166-acre refuge that includes two interpretive mountain climbing trails — the Hollingsworth Path (a 1.5-mile loop) and the Birch Level Path (about 4 miles spherical journey) — which might be open to the general public, and canines on leash, daybreak to nightfall. The paths lead walkers by quite a lot of habitat, from coastal raised heath peatlands to blueberry barrens to cobble seashores. Interpretive indicators assist hikers perceive their environment. Entry is free. For info, go to fws.gov/refuges.
Pineland Public Reserved Land consists of greater than 600 acres within the cities of Grey, North Yarmouth and New Gloucester. On this stunning forest, your canine will take pleasure in some difficult sections alongside the three.2 miles of loop trails. On the north facet of Depot Street is the 1.7-mile North Loop Path, and on the south facet of the highway is the 1.5-mile South Loop Path. Entry is free. For info, go to mainetrailfinder.com/path/pineland-public-reserved-land/.
Cliff Path on Nice Island is 2.3-mile loop path close to the best level of Harpswell. On the path, you may lead your canine by stunning forest and as much as 150-foot cliffs with spectacular views of Lengthy Attain, the place you could wish to choke up on the leash. And I’m certain your pup will take pleasure in serving to you discover pure supplies to construct a fairy home in one of many two zones alongside the path designated for fairy homes. And if that’s not sufficient train in your pup, there are a number of different dog-friendly trails in Harpswell. Entry is free. For info, go to healthymainewalks.com/walks/cliff-trail.
Acadia Nationwide Park on Mount Desert Island accommodates an in depth, if not daunting, community of trails and multi-use roads that assist guests and their leashed canines discover the various mountains, lakes, ponds and seashores of the park. Select a route among the many 120 miles of mountain climbing trails and 28 miles of carriage roads, however in your canine’s sake, draw back from Precipice Path, Beehive and different trails that embrace ladders and rungs. One dog-friendly suggestion: Gorham Mountain. Admission varies relying on period of use, time of 12 months and car. For info, go to nps.gov/acad/index.htm.
Alewive Woods Protect in Kennebunk is about 625 acres of forested land and the 45-acre Alewive Pond, conserved by the Kennebunk Land Belief in 1990. The protect’s trial community, which is open to canines if on a leash, totals 2.5 miles of multiuse trails (mountain biking, snowboarding, mountain climbing, snowshoeing) which might be straightforward to reasonable in issue. And in case your canine doesn’t get all his vitality on the market, take him to a different one of many belief’s close by preserves, similar to Marvel Brook-Murphy Protect (with its 2.5-mile path community) or The Secret Backyard (with its 1.5 miles loop path). For info, go to kennebunklandtrust.org.
Aroostook State Park in Presque Isle is Maine’s first state park, established in 1939 as a 100-acre parcel. At present, the park totals almost 800 acres because of land donations and purchases. Along with Quaggy Jo Mountain, the park encompasses Echo Lake. Canine are allowed however have to be saved on a leash and should not allowed on the ski trails within the winter. Admission to the park varies relying on age and residency from free to $3. For info, go to maine.gov/cgi-bin/on-line/doc/parksearch/index.pl.
Scraggly Lake Public Reserved Land in T7 R8 WELS lies simply northeast of Baxter State Park (the place pets are prohibited) and features a campground, a mountain climbing path and boat launch for guests and their canines. The ten,000 acres of closely forested land options Scraggly Lake and plenty of ponds, brooks and bogs. The Owl’s Head Path, which leaves from Scraggly Lake Street, is a 4-mile hike, spherical journey. Entry is free. For info, go to mainetrailfinder.com/Path/scraggly-lake-public-reserved-land-owls-head-trail.
Mt. Blue State Park in Weld, greater than 8,000 acres of state-owned public land, is Maine’s largest state park — rather a lot to discover. Take your pooch on the favored day hike of the three,187-foot Mt. Blue, or when you’re in search of one thing much less strenuous, strive the hike to the highest of Middle Hill or try a number of the park’s 25 miles of multiuse trails. And when you’re nonetheless in search of extra trails, the Tumbledown Public Lands, with greater than 10 miles of mountain climbing trails. For info, seek for Mt. Blue at maine.gov/cgi-bin/on-line/doc/parksearch/index.pl.
Bauneg Beg Mountain Conservation Space in North Berwick is 89 acres and consists of the 866-foot tall Bauneg Beg Mountain, which has three peaks and presents a panoramic view, in keeping with the Nice Works Regional Land Belief, which conserved the property in 2001. The Bauneg Beg Path winds by the forest, then up by a big boulder part referred to as “Satan’s Den” and on to the best peak, in keeping with GWRLT. The mountain climbing trails, Ginny’s Method, Tom’s Method, Linny’s Method, and North Peak Loop additionally discover the mountain. Canine are permitted on all trails. Entry is free. For info, go to gwrlt.org.