Fryeburg is a town in western Maine, on the border with New Hampshire, that is a year-round tourist destination and resort area. Nestled in the foothills of the White Mountains and along the Saco River, there are lots of opportunities for outdoors-loving humans and their canine companions. Activities range from camping and hiking to boating and cross-country skiing with your fur-buddy in tow. And with three veterinarians in Fryeburg, and others in nearby Conway New Hampshire, you need not worry if your pup becomes ill or injured.
Jockey Cap is a huge piece of glacial rock that ended up far from its origin, deposited in the Saco River Valley. Surrounded by Fryeburg, mountains and the river valley, it’s a perfect spot for capturing a 360°view. A dog-friendly trail of just under a mile passes from its trailhead and parking lot through the woods and then up the side of the Cap. The surface of the trail goes from dirt and gravel to forest floor, where it passes a boulder field in the woods (great for climbing and pup-pics!) A steep climb for the last 500 feet brings you to the apex, where you’ll find a large panoramic compass which helps identify the landscape features you’ll see from the top. Your fur-baby will enjoy sniffing around for traces of small animals, but please remember to keep him leashed on this hike.
Whatever your reason for being in the Fryeburg area, you’re sure to find a plethora of things to do with your furry bestie here! Woofderful!
If you’re looking for a place to stay while you’re in Fryeburg, consider camping! There are a couple of campgrounds in town that offer basic amenities for wilderness-type tent camping. The Swan Falls Campground is a dog-friendly place with 18 wilderness sites and a convenient place to launch your canoe or kayak for a river cruise with Fido. A small camp store sells ice, firewood, and other necessities. Canal Bridge Campground on Main Street is another small campground that offers toilets and hot showers, secluded spots for tent camping and a beach on the Saco River with tent sites, ideal for accessing the river for a day paddle. Please remember to keep your pup leashed. For a gentler, more traditional place to sleep, the Admiral Peary Inn B&B is for you! This dog-friendly inn invites dogs to stay with their humans and even join them for breakfast! Arf!
Only 8 miles from Fryeburg, Conway Town Center, also known as Center Conway, is home to Saco Bound, which features pet-friendly rafting, canoe and tubing adventures on the Saco River. The company rents paddling equipment or will help you put in/take out at the river if you have your own. They also provide lifejackets. You can choose from a variety of trips, including overnights at private campsites, where Fido must be leashed. For a change of scenery, you may want to head over to Conway’s Oliverian Brook Trail, a nearly 7-mile out-and-back trail along the Brook in the White Mountain National Forest that is mostly level and great for hiking with your pup. Hikers describe it as relatively flat and a secluded walk with few other people. Fido will love being with you on this one!
In addition to its reputation as a skiing village and retail outlet heaven, North Conway is host to a few excellent dog-friendly restaurants, all featuring outdoor seating for your furry bestie to join you for a meal. McGrath’s Tavern serves up a combination of Irish and American food in a sports-pub setting with a patio offering a furbulous mountain view. Brandlis features burgers, wings and other casual fare. The Flatbread Company restaurant serves gourmet pizza and beers and boasts an especially nice closed in area where pups are welcomed and provided with water. Arf! Black Cap Grille is an American eatery with seafood, Asian fusion and New England faves like lobster rolls and haddock. The Wild Rose at Stonehurst Manor features classic New England fare with an Italian flare, like polenta and pizza. Bone appetit!
The community of Intervale, New Hampshire is just 9 miles from Fryeburg, and is dotted with lakes and outdoor activities for you and your canine companion. Trails in the Wood is a system of 12 trails designed for walking/hiking, observing nature, with cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing in the winter. The entrance and parking area are off Rt 16/302, with a road leading to the Great Ridge Trail and its looped side trails. With its 100 acres, this park neighbors on the Saco River and contains a large pond, and the Sugar Shack Loop Trail that leads to the site of maple-sugaring demonstrations. This is a pawrfect place to come with the family and Fido for some outdoor fun!
The town of Lovell is just a few miles from Fryeburg, and is home to the Kezar River Reserve, 114 acres along Mill Pond where a 1-mile hiking trail features sightings of waterfowl along with beavers and otters. What a treat for your fur-pup, who can be off-leash if under good voice control within the reserve. You may also see deer, moose, owls and hawks, and a large variety of songbirds. The looped trail begins and ends at Parnes Landing Road off Main Street, and features a canoe launch on the Kezar River. In the winter, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing are favorite activities to share with the furries. Furbulous!