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Small white dog sits on wooden trail boardwalk with leash held by human companion
Quigley and his human companion explore trails around Jordan Pond in October 2016. (Photo courtesy Briana Moore. Used with permission.)

Enjoying Acadia With Your Pet

  • Pets must be restrained on a leash no longer than 6 feet (2 m).
  • Pet owners must collect and dispose properly of animal waste in designated trash receptacles.
  • Pets should not be left unattended. Summer sunshine poses a threat to pets in vehicles.
  • Service animals may accompany their owners to all park locations.
  • Be an Acadia Bark Ranger

Pet-Friendly Areas

  • 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.

  • On Isle au Haut, pets are permitted for day hiking only.

Restricted Areas

  • 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)

  • Duck Harbor Campground

Park Trails Closed to Pets

  • 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

Park Trails Not Recommended For Pets

  • Acadia Mountain

  • Flying Mountain

  • Giant Slide

  • Cadillac Mountain- west face

  • 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

Two photos of dog poop bags left by a sign and garbage can
Keep the park clean by collecting and disposing of all dog waste. Do not leave it behind at a trailhead or next to garbage cans.

Dispose of Pet Waste Properly

Help keep Acadia clean by collecting and disposing of all pet waste properly. Be sure to carry the poop bag off the trail. Public garbage cans are located throughout the park.

  • Do not throw them into the woods or hang from trees.
  • Do not leave bags next to full or wrapped garbage cans.
  • Do not rely on park staff to pick up bags after your visit.

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Learn more about our Bark Ranger Program

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