Biddeford is a charming coastal town in York County, Maine, bordered by the Saco River and the Atlantic Ocean. Along the shore, you can find parks with gorgeous views of the water, cliffs, and the Wood Island Lighthouse. These parks and nearby trails give ample space to get some exercise with your canine companion. There’s also an animal hospital right in town, making pet care a breeze!
One of the parks along the Saco River is Mechanics Park, located just off of Main Street. Here you can go for a run with your pooch along the paved pathways, or simply relax on the benches and watch the boats go by. The Riverwalk is a loop trail that passes over the bridge into Saco, and back into Mechanics Park. There are sprawling grassy areas here that your pup can sniff and play on while you enjoy the view. Leashed dogs are welcome, just don’t forget the waste bags and dog treats for your good boy or girl!
When you’re looking for a place to crash, head over to the Homestead by the River Family Campground. This campground is located along the Saco River and provides opportunities for all kinds of water activities! Dogs are welcome, but must stay leashed when not inside your vehicle or tent.
With all of these fun, pet friendly places, Biddeford is sure to get your pup’s tail wagging!
Biddeford offers a piece of the great outdoors right in its city center! Clifford Park is 140 acres of wilderness and athletic facilities. There is a network comprised of 22 miles of trails that wind through woods, along streams and by a waterfall. Amenities include seasonal restrooms, athletic fields, a playground and picnic areas. Here your pup can romp around like a wild dog, and can even go off-leash on the trails as long as they stay under strict voice control. Be sure your doggo leaves only paw prints! After all that fresh air and exercise, head over to Elements Books Coffee Beer, located in the same neighborhood. As the name implies, here you can find a coffee shop and beer bar hosted within a bookstore. You can enjoy your book, coffee, or beer with your best pal at one of the outdoor dog friendly tables.
In the South Street neighborhood of Biddeford, you can find another park that is loved by people and their four-legged friends, Rotary Park. This park has something in it for everyone, including the family dog! The 72 acre park features a variety of athletic fields, a picnic grove, walking trails, all with gorgeous river views. Possibly the best part though, is the dog park! The Biddeford Dog Park has two separate fenced off areas, one for large breeds and another for the little guys. There is a hill that will tire your dog out fast while playing fetch! Waste bags are provided, but don’t forget some water for your parched pup! Dogs need to stay leashed when they’re not within the fenced off areas.
Just across the Saco River, you can find Biddeford’s sister town of Saco. In this neighborhood, you can find another puppy paradise, the Saco Dog Park! This dog park offers a safe place for your pup to enjoy some exercise and some pawsitive socialization. You can sit on one of the tree stumps in the shade while your pooch runs and plays. Don’t forget to bring some water and your dog's favorite ball! When it’s time for a pick me up, head over to the Fern Leaf Bakery and Coffee House, located in the same neighborhood. Here you can enjoy a fresh cup of joe and a pastry at one of the dog friendly outdoor tables.
The Saco City Center isn’t all busy streets and shops. From this area you can also access the Eastern Trail. This trail starts in South Portland’s Bug Light Park, passes through Saco, and continues all the way to Kittery’s Pascatagua River. Parking for the trail in Saco can be found at the Mill Brook Business Park, just a 10 minute drive from Biddeford. There are 22 miles of trails off-road, and some scenic on-road routes. This trail is popular among cyclists, runners and dog walkers, and passes through changing scenery of salt marshes and woodlands. Since this is a multi-use path, pup’s need to stay leashed and get picked up after. If you want to stick around for a while, along the Eastern Trail in Saco you’ll find the Silver Springs Campground. They welcome dogs for a small deposit.
The nearby town of Old Orchard Beach is proud home to the K9 Veterans Memorial Dog Park. This dog park is located within the city center, under a 15 minute drive from Biddeford. You’ll be able to enjoy the salty breeze and lovely views of the nearby Atlantic Ocean while you let your pup burn some energy. Features include two separate fenced off areas for large and small breeds, drinking water and tennis balls. The surrounding Veterans Park welcomes leashed dogs, and features athletic fields, lots of shade and a pavilion. Once you’ve worked up an appetite, head just across the street to the Sunset Bar and Grill. Here you can dig into a Maine lobster next to your pal at the dog friendly lawn seating.