Dogs on Harpswell Trails
During this time of increased use, please leash your dog on weekends and whenever trails are crowded. Please clean up all dog waste.
We are glad to be able to provide trails and preserves for both people and their four-footed friends.
If you are a dog owner, we ask that you please respect others’ enjoyment of our beautiful trails and shoreline. Please understand that some people don’t like dogs and some are afraid of dogs. Please keep your dogs under control so they do not approach or bother others.
Some trails and preserves in Harpswell do not allow dogs, others require dogs to be on leash at all times and others allow well-behaved dogs to be off leash during certain times of year or times of day. Please check the rules for each trail before you go.
Please always pick up and remove your dog’s poop.
Town of Harpswell trails
Please note that the Town of Harpswell has updated its dog rules. Dogs must be on leash on all town-owned trails, except if they are swimming at Mitchell Field.
The following trails are owned and managed by the town:
Harpswell Heritage Land Trust trails and preserves
This trail does not allow dogs:
These trails and preserves require dogs to be on leash at all times:
These trails and preserves require dogs to be on leash during bird nesting season (April 15-July 31) and under owner control (voice or leash) the rest of the year:
These trails and preserves require dogs to be under owner control (voice or leash):
- Houghton Graves Park
- Johnson Field Preserve
- Pott’s Point Preserve (though dogs must be on leash while on private Pott’s Point Road)
- Stover’s Point Preserve (dogs must be on leash between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Memorial Day to Labor Day and under owner control all other times)
Bowdoin College’s Schiller Coastal Studies Center requires dogs to be on leash at all times.