Dog-Friendly Beaches in Maine

Old Orchard Beach

OOB updated its dog beach access rules in 2021, with off-leash access times throughout the year. Old Orchard Beach is one of the most dog-friendly beaches in Maine. The only thing we’d caution is that there isn’t free freshwater nearby, so you should bring your own. 

Acadia National Park

Sand Beach and Echo Lake are the two popular spots for dogs in Acadia National Park, but pets are only allowed in the off-season. Pets are welcome on the trails and Isle au Haut. Your dog can even earn the prestigious award of being a Bark Ranger. 


By the time you reach Wells Maine, you’re getting a sense of how dog-friendly Maine really is with a helpful brochure listing all dog access times and leash rules. Even when dogs are allowed, you’ll need to have them on a leash. Wells Harbor Beach is safer for timid dogs, as it’s not on the open ocean. 


Scarborough Beach State Park is under different management than other state parks, so the rules are slightly different too. From early October through May, leashed dogs are allowed. Otherwise, dogs are prohibited. 

Land Trust

Our first recommendation is to look through the options of dog-friendly lands through the Harpswell Heritage Land Trust and Boothbay Region Land Trust. If you hope to explore the islands with your pet pal, check out the Island Heritage Trust dog rules. Some properties might prohibit dogs for wildlife safety. 

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