Located in Maine near Bar Harbor, Acadia is one of the most dog-friendly parks in the National Park System. At 49,000 acres, it is one of the smallest national parks, but it’s treasured for its rugged, rocky coastline skirting the Atlantic Ocean, as well as its rounded mountains, lakes, and valleys sculpted by massive glaciers, some as much as two miles thick, that flowed over the region 20,000 years ago.
- Dogs on a leash have full access to 100 miles of hiking trails and 45 miles of carriage roads throughout the park
- Dogs are allowed at the top of Acadia’s Cadillac Mountain, which is the highest point in the park at 1,530 feet and offers amazing views of Somes Sound off Bar Harbor
- There are several “ladder” trails that people with dogs cannot access because they require vertical climbs up rungs set in the rock face
- There are also multiple trails that are not recommended for dogs by the park service—they should be tackled only by experienced dogs and their owners who are very experienced hikers
- Dogs and people are not allowed to swim in the many lakes of Acadia as most of them are public water supplies
- Some, not all, campgrounds are open to dogs