Don’t leave your dog at home! Experience pet-friendly Bar Harbor with them.
Spring and summer weather is just around the corner, and that means your four-legged best friend will be ready for long walks and exploring new places. We are pawsitively certain there is no better adventure than the Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park area. Located on the coast of Maine, this is a doggy destination that is not only pet-friendly but is one you’ll want to experience, too. We WANT you to come with your dog. In fact, we would love it. Here are some ideas for when you visit with your dog:
Acadia National Park offers a variety of dog-friendly trails, many under two miles, with views that are tail-wagging good. If you’re looking for an easy hike, ocean views, and some birdwatching, the Ship Harbor Trail is a great option. This 1.3-mile loop begins in an evergreen forest and is a figure-eight shape with sections in the forest and near the ocean. At low tide, the headland is full of tide pools perfect for exploration.
If your dog is part mountain-goat (meaning can hike advanced trails), the Cadillac Mountain South Ridge Trail is a great option and ascends Cadillac Mountain, the most popular mountain in the park. At an elevation of 1,530 feet, Cadillac is the tallest mountain on the eastern seaboard of the United States. The South Ridge Trail gradually climbs the south ridge of Cadillac Mountain with one steep section. The hike begins in a forested area, but much of the hike is exposed and above the treeline, offering exceptional views of the ocean and nearby islands.
For tips and advice on how to enjoy Acadia National Park with your pet, check the park's Plan Your Visit page.
After a day of hiking, eating plenty of treats and receiving a ton of attention from fellow hikers, dogs are welcome to spend the night at Blackwoods, Seawall, and Schoodic Woods campgrounds, all right in Acadia National Park.
Make sure to stroll through the village of Bar Harbor, too. Head over to Agamont Park and the Shore Path for some amazing coastal views. There are plenty of pet-friendly hotels, inns, and campgrounds as well as restaurants with outside seating.
Here are some dog-friendly businesses to give a try while in town:
Where to eat
- Atlantic Brewing & Mainely Meat BBQ – on the patio
- Beal’s Lobster Pier
- Chartroom Restaurant – outside deck
- Jack Russell’s Steakhouse & Brewery – on the patio
- Jordan Pond House – In Acadia National Park – on the lawn
- McKays Public House – on the patio
- Looking Glass Restaurant - on the deck
- Mount Desert Island Ice Cream
- Paddy’s Irish Pub & Restaurant – on the patio
- Peakytoe Provisions
- Seafood Ketch Restaurant – on the deck
- Siam Orchid – on the patio
- Side Street Café
- Stewman’s Lobster Pound – on the patio
- West Street Café – on the patio
- Anchorage Motel
- Ann’s Point Cottages
- Atlantic Eyrie Lodge
- Balance Rock Inn
- Bar Harbor Campground
- Bar Harbor Quality Inn
- Bar Harbor Regency
- Belle Isle Motel
- Comfort Inn Ellsworth
- Days Inn by Wyndham Bar Harbor
- Hadley’s Point Campground
- Hanscom’s Motel & Cottage
- Harborside Hotel, Spa & Marina
- Llangolan Inn
- Moorings Inn
- Mount Desert Narrows Camping Resort
- Quimby House Inn & Spa
- Ramada by Wyndham Ellsworth
- Rose Eden Cottages
- Ryan Estate Rentals
- Tide Watch Cabins
- West Street Hotel
- Wonderview Inn