Eliot is a friendly, family-oriented small town in Maine. You can take a stroll through the historic buildings in this charming town on your morning walk with Fido, or head down to the waterfront along the northern shore of the Piscataqua River. The quaint parks and trails, along with the veterinary hospital right in town, make it a breeze to raise a happy, healthy puppy in Eliot!
Eliot clearly loves their dogs, because they’ve created their very own dog park, the Barks and Rec Dog Park. This park provides a safe environment for pups to enjoy some glorious off-leash freedom and make furry friends. There are two separate fenced off areas, one for large breeds and another for the little guys. Waste bags and drinking water are also provided, so all you need to bring is your dog’s favorite ball! Outside the fenced area, there is a bench where owners can kick back and watch the fun.
Surrounding the Barks and Rec Dog Park is the Frost Tufts Park and Ballpark. This urban park is a great place for a family picnic that you can enjoy at the tables, in the pavilion, or in the open grassy areas. Other amenities include athletic fields, a playground, and portable toilets. Dogs are welcome in all of these areas, but need to stay leashed when they’re not within the fenced dog park.
With all of these dog friendly features, you and your pup are sure to feel right at home in Eliot!
Eliot has a variety of urban parks that you get to enjoy with your pooch! The Dixon Road Recreational Area is a favorite, featuring a volleyball court, horseshoe pits and a gazebo. If you’re looking for something with a little more wilderness, just down the road is the Douglas Memorial Woods Conservation Area. This 22 acre parcel of woods features a ¾ mile trail. The trail is partially forest floor, and partially boardwalk, meandering through a cool pine plantation and wetlands. The trail attracts hikers, trail runners, dog walkers, and snowshoers in the winter. Leashed dogs are welcome, as long as you follow Leave No Trace principles and pick up after your pooch!
Just northwest of Eliot in the neighboring town of Dover, New Hampshire, you can find some more places to explore with your pupper! A pawpular place to take a walk is the Dover Community Trail, just a 10 minute drive from Eliot. This trail is an old railroad that was converted into a 3 mile rail trail for all to enjoy. This path is fairly flat, and offers great views of the Cocheco River. Walking along this trail, you will pass through the Dover Cassily Community Gardens, where locals can reconnect with the land through gardening and enjoying the surrounding flora and fauna. Leashed dogs are welcome to join their humans, so don’t forget the treats and plenty of drinking water for your parched puppy!
Just southeast of Eliot, you can find the bustling Downtown Kittery neighborhood in Kittery, just 10 minutes from Eliot. This downtown area is not short on green space for you and your doggo to escape to! Here you can find some more great urban parks to explore. One furtastic option is the John Paul Jones Historic Site with plenty of sprawling grassy areas your pup will love to dig his toes into, while you enjoy learning about Kittery, the state’s oldest town, through signs posted throughout the park. Just across the street is Inspiration Park. Here you can sit in the pavillion next to your best pal while you enjoy the lovely flower gardens. Dogs are welcome in both of these areas, as long as they stay leashed!
Just across the western bridge into the town of Portsmouth, New Hampshire, brings you to another puppy paradise! It’s in the downtown area of this town that you can find the South Mill Pond Dog Park, just a 15 minute drive from Eliot. This park features a double gated fenced off area where your playful pup can romp around in off-leash like a wild dog. There is also an unfenced off-leash area that borders the west end of South Mill Pond. In the park you can find shaded areas, drinking water, and an agility course. All you need to bring are some treats for your good boy or girl! After working up an appetite, head over to the State Street Saloon in the same neighborhood. They offer tasty pub fare and dog friendly outdoor seating. They love dogs here, and have been known to bring out water bowls and dog biscuits.
To let your pup run, rinse and repeat in the Atlantic Ocean, head over to the Kittery Point neighborhood in Kittery, just a 20 minute drive from Eliot. The drive is worth it! Here you can find the beach that all the dogs are barking about, Seapoint Beach. Dogs are allowed to enjoy this beach with their humans, except during the tourist season that runs June 15th to September 10th between 10am and 5pm. During the allowed times, your dog can be off-leash, as long as they stay under the control of their owner and are picked up after. If you're not up for the beach today, head over to the Fort McClary State Historic Site, located in the same neighborhood. Here you and your pup can enjoy walking through the military ruins set up against a beautiful ocean backdrop. You can learn about the history of the fort through interpretive signs. Leashed dogs are welcome!