Secluded Places to Take Your Pet Camping in Maine

Secluded Places to Take Your Pet Camping in MaineThere's nothing better than exploring the great outdoors with your dog. Both humans and canines benefit from being surrounded by nature--camping is a great, relaxing vacation for people, and dogs get the opportunity to explore new sights, scents, and sounds. The state of Maine has great camping opportunities in its lush and unspoiled wilderness. But many state and federal campgrounds aren't pet friendly. Still there are a few places where your pup can get off the beaten path, although not off leash. Maine has a statewide leash law.


Difficulty: Moderate

Step 1
Acadia National Park on Mount Desert Island
The National Parks Service runs this popular park on Mount Desert Island near Bar Harbor. Pets, on a leash no longer than six feet, are welcome at the two campgrounds and on all the carriage roads and most hiking trails. During the summer, pets are not allowed at the swimming beaches. Each campground is about a 10 minute walk to the ocean. There are camping and entrance fees at the park; call for updates. There are designated "quiet hours" in the campground, and pets must be attended at all times. The national park is open all year, but the Seawall Campground closes for winter. Credit cards are required to make a deposit to camp.

Acadia National Park
Rte 233 McFarland Hill
Bar Harbor, ME 04609
(207) 288-3338
Step 2
Cupsuptic Campgrounds in Oquossoc
This lakeside campground offers several types of camping sites for different difficulty levels, including 12 ordained "wilderness" sites for true seclusion. All of the campsites are pet-friendly. There are winter sites available for campers interested in snowy outdoor activities. Depending on the date of visit, there may be a minimum night requirement. There is a $3 per day fee per dog, and leashed dogs are welcomed to hike alongside their owners. Dogs are not allowed on the beach. Reservations must be made by personal check or money order. The campground is open all year.

Route 16, P.O. Box 326,
Oquossoc Maine 0496
(207) 864-5249
Step 3
South Arm Campground in Andover
With 65 designated campsites, this campground extends onto a lakeside peninsula, to offer 360 degree views of beautiful Maine countryside. There are dozens of campsites close to other campers, but many are quite remote. Most campsites at the grounds have their own private beach. Groundskeepers offer transportation to the more remote sites on the peninsula, many of which are only accessible by boat 16 miles up the lake. There is a two-night minimum stay, and the campground is open from one week prior to Memorial Day to two weeks after Labor Day. Credit cards are not accepted.

South Arm Road,
P.O. Box 310
Andover Maine 04216
(207) 364-5155,
Winter: (207) 364-5154
Step 4
Black Brook Cove in Oquossoc
Offering several remote campsites, Black Brook is another great lakeside option. Sixteen of the remote sites are accessible by water only; 20 are wooded and waterfront for true seclusion. Pet friendly, well-behaved dogs will have a blast exploring the nooks and crannies of this wooded excursion. Holidays require a three-night minimum stay, and a 100% deposit is required for all reservations. The campsite is open from April 15 to November 30. Cash, checks, MasterCard and Visa are accepted.

Lincoln Pond Road
P.O. Box 319
Oquossoc Maine 04964
Step 5
Mystic Acres Campground in Oxbow

With over 250 acres of wilderness, the Mystic Acres campgrounds offers pet-friendly camping in North Maine. The wooded area is filled with native fauna, and the groundskeepers offer wilderness photo tours. There are grounds for RVs, trailers, and tents. Credit cards are not accepted. The campsites are open from May 15 through November 1.

833 Oxbow Road
Oxbow, Maine 04764

Article Written By Heather Broeker

Originally from North Carolina, Heather Broeker studied journalism and advertising at the University of North Carolina. After graduation she moved to Los Angeles, where she worked for Fox Searchlight, Fox Reality and later as a writer and marketing director. Broeker now lives in Los Angeles and runs Head Over Heels, a writing and public relations company.

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