Pets are only allowed within Acadia National Park with certain restrictions. They must be restrained at all
times on a leash no longer than six feet in length. This protects dogs from becoming lost and from other hazards,
such as porcupines and sick, injured, or rabid animals. Leashes also help protect park resources, including wildlife
Pets should not be left unattended. Summer sunshine poses a threat to pets left in vehicles. On a bright, sunny
day, even in temperatures as low as 60° F, temperatures inside a vehicle can reach dangerous levels. On an
85-degree day, the temperature inside a car - even with the windows cracked - can reach over 100 degrees within
Pet owners are responsible for removing pet waste from campgrounds, picnic areas, parking lots, roads, and other
developed areas. In campgrounds, wastes must be removed from all areas within 200 feet of established campsites,
and in Blackwoods and Seawall Campgrounds, all areas within the campground loops.
Where you CAN go with your pet:
- There are 100 miles of hiking trails and 45 miles of carriage roads in the
park where pets are permitted.
- Blackwoods and Seawall Campgrounds permit pets.
- On Isle au Haut, pets are permitted for day hiking only.
Where you CAN'T go with your pet:
- Because most lakes in the park are public water supplies, pets (and people) may not swim in them. The two swimming
beaches (Sand Beach and Echo Lake) are also off-limits
to pets from May 15 to September 15.
- Public Buildings
- Ranger-Led Programs
- Wild Gardens of Acadia at Sieur de Monts
- Some park trails are very steep and require the use of iron rungs and ladders. Pets are prohibited on the following
- Ladder Trail to Dorr Mountain
- Beech Cliffs Trail
- Perpendicular Trail (Mansell Mountain)
- Jordan Cliffs Trail between Penobscot East Trail and the carriage road
- Duck Harbor Campground on Isle au Haut
Service animals are an exception to these rules and may accompany their owner to all park locations. If you are
looking for kennels where you can leave your pet for a short time, local chambers of commerce can provide that
With the exception of the park's carriage roads, the use of dog sleds, dog carts,
and skijoring with dogs is permitted on all closed motor roads and fire roads under the following conditions:
- Dog sleds may be pulled by no more than four dogs, with a combined tow and tug line of not more than 12 feet.
Sleds must be equipped with a braking system, and in the winter, with one snow hook.
- Skijorers must utilize a commercially manufactured skijor belt with quick release and tugline. The tugline
should be equipped with a built-in shock cord, and may not exceed a combined length of 10 feet. Skijorers may
use up to two dogs, which must be harnessed with either an “X” or “H” harness. A simple
dog collar is not considered a harness.