• Traveling with your pet

  • Bar Harbor Maine is a dog-friendly destination
  • We are pawsitively certain there is no better adventure than here in Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park. This is a doggy destination that is not only pet-friendly but is one you’ll want to experience, too.  Bar Harbor has plenty of places to stay, play and dine with your pup, while Acadia National Park was voted the most dog-friendly national park in New England by Outside Magazine.

    Our list of pet-friendly Bar Harbor businesses has the answer for where to sleep, shop and eat with your four-legged family member. Bar Harbor’s even a great place to bring your dog if you’re planning a working vacation.  And if you’re looking for ideas for where to walk and hike with your dog, here are just a few to get you started. Please be sure to review the guidelines about enjoying the national park with pets.

    • Bar Island Trail 
      Low-tide walk to wooded island, accessible 1-1/2 hours on either side of low tide.
      Difficulty: Easy 
      Trailhead: Bridge Street off West Street in Bar Harbor 
      Round-trip distance: 2 miles 

    • Schooner Head Path 
      Established path with views of ocean at Schooner Head Overlook, and of forest and mountains.
      Difficulty: Easy 
      Trailhead: Schooner Head Overlook, east of Acadia Entrance Station on one-way park loop road 
      Round-trip distance: 5.4 miles all the way to Bar Harbor and back, but can turn around sooner 

    • Compass Harbor Trail 
      Established dirt path to former site of park founder George B. Dorr’s estate, with a scenic ocean view  
      Difficulty: Easy 
      Trailhead: 1 mile south of Bar Harbor on ME 3, small parking lot on the left after Nannau Wood, a private road 
      Round-trip distance: 0.8 mile 

    • Wonderland Trail 
      Evergreen forest trail to rocky coastline 
      Difficulty: Very easy 
      Trailhead: From Southwest Harbor head about 1 mile south on ME 102. Bear left onto ME 102A and follow for 4 miles to Wonderland Trail. 
      Round-trip distance: 1.4 miles 

    • Cadillac Summit Loop Trail 
      Incredible, 360-degree views from the top of Cadillac Mountain along a paved walkway 
      Difficulty: Easy 
      Trailhead: Top of Cadillac Summit Road 
      Round-trip distance: 0.3-mile loop 


    Enjoy the outdoor beauty that Acadia and Bar Harbor have to offer with your dog. You don’t want to book a trip only to have to leave your best companion behind!

  • Photo credits:

    Heather Anderson (Heather & Maine on Instagram)

    Cruz the Aussie-doodle (Follow @tails_of_stella_n_cruz on Instagram for more!)