Topsham is a Maine coastal town in Sagadahoc County that is surrounded by woodlands and water. The many parks, the great school system and the low crime rate make Topsham an appealing place to raise a family, and a family dog. You’re sure to be charmed by this town as you take a morning walk with Fido down the tree-lined streets and historic neighborhoods. There are also three veterinary clinics in town, making caring for your pooch a breeze!
Topsham offers a large variety of trails that you can use to explore the area’s gorgeous landscape. The Topsham Recreational Fields offer many such trails, and are perfect for some fresh air and exercise with your canine companion! These trails meander through the fields and meadows, and along the Androscoggin River. At the main parking area, on Foreside Road, you can find a playground and an information kiosk that offers trail maps. Leashed dogs are welcome, as long as they leave only paw prints!
After working up an appetite, head over to Firehouse Subs. This deli style eatery offers a variety of sandwiches and salads, and outdoor dog friendly seating. Here you can dig into their famous New York Steamer Sub next to your best pal.
With all of these pet friendly places to explore, you and your pupper are sure to feel right at home in Topsham!
The Town Center of Topsham is nestled into a curve of the Androscoggin River. A great way to explore this neighborhood and it’s river views, is along the Androscoggin Riverwalk. This riverwalk attracts bikers, joggers, and dog walkers. The trail is partially paved and partially dirt, and passes through peaceful forested areas. The main features of this riverwalk are the two bridges. There is a swinging pedestrian suspension bridge that spans the river upstream, and offers great views of the river down below. Downstream you can find the Black Road Bridge. Leashed dogs are welcome to join their humans, as long as they get picked up after.
If you’re itching to get into the great outdoors, head over to the neighborhood of Cathance, proud home to the Head Of Tide Park. This area offers a large network of trails that wind through the woods and along the lovely Cathance River. The park is located at the rivers head of tide, or the furthest point upstream that the tide impacts the river. Here you can find a park with picnic pavilions, boat access, a trailhead and even a 15 foot waterfall. From this point, you can wander along miles of trails. Dogs are welcome as long as they stay leashed and you follow Leave No Trace principles. When your stomach is growling, head over to the Wild Duck Pub in the same neighborhood. This restaurant welcomes tired hikers and their dogs at the pet friendly outdoor tables.
Just a hop across the Androscoggin River brings you to the town center of the neighboring town of Brunswick. Here you can find another puppy paradise, the Merrymeeting Dog Park. This 1.5 acre dog park has two separate fenced off sections, one for small breeds and another for dogs of all shapes and sizes. While your pup romps around and enjoys some pawsitive socialization, you can enjoy the beautiful river views. There are waste bags and water available, so all you need to bring is your doggo’s favorite ball! When it’s time for a treat, head over to The Gelato Fiasco, also located in the Town Center. They offer over 30 flavors of gelato and sorbetto, and dog friendly outdoor tables.
The Meadowbrook - Parkview neighborhood of Brunswick is home to the Town Commons, less than a 10 minute drive from Topsham. This park is accessible from Harpswell Road. Town Commons is a vast woodland park that covers 71 acres, and has a network of trails winding through it. The park attracts hikers, dog walkers, cross-country skiers and bird watchers. Amenities include picnic areas and interpretive signage. You may want to also stop and take a look at Coffin’s Ice Pond, a pretty 6 acre lake that can be found along the trails in Town Commons. If you’re looking for a place to crash in this neighborhood with your tuckered out pup, head over to Best Western Plus Brunswick Bath. They welcome two pets up to 80lbs for an additional fee.
If you keep heading west in Brunswick, you’ll get to the town's highest point at Cox Pinnacle. This 103 acre park can be found in the South Durham neighborhood of Brunswick, just under a 25 minute drive from Topsham. There is a bridge that passes over the wetlands to access the trail system. This park reaches 350 feet above sea level, and has about 1 ¼ miles of trails perfect for some heart pumping exercise with your pooch. The trails in this park are used through every season, for winter and summer sports, so your pupper can run alongside you in the sun or snow. Leashed dogs are welcome here, just don’t forget the waste bags and drinking water for your parched puppy!