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Georgetown is located on Georgetown Island in the Gulf of Maine in what is known as the mid-coast area, and is accessible from the mainland by a bridge at Bath. The island has many inlets and coves carved into its shoreline, along with some wide, sandy beaches and a rocky coast. Although some commercial fishing is launched from Georgetown, the community is primarily supported by tourism. While there are noveterinarians in Georgetown Island itself, you can find 3 in Brunswick.
Georgetown is probably best known for Reid State Park, 770 acres of sandy ocean beach, salt marsh, tidal pools, rocky outcroppings and dunes, and a lagoon. The park is also home to the Reid State Park Trail, an easy 2.2-mile trail that traverses the beach and dunes as well as forested lands to its west. The park is open year-round, and your fur-pup is welcome on the beach from October 1st through March 31st, on leash. The trails are pup-friendly all year, and in the winter, they are groomed for cross-country skiing. It’s a pawrrific sight to come up over one of the dunes with the snow all around you and look out to a sparkling sea.
If you’re looking for a campground that will provide peace and quiet in the woods, nearby is the Sagadahoc Bay Campground. Featuring a beach and sites for both RVs and tents, this is a lovely place to lay your head down, and yes, the woofer is welcome to join you, on leash.
Whether you are a resident or visitor to Georgetown, you’ll find opportunities to get out into nature with your pupster and have good, adventurous fun! Arf!
Georgetown is home to the Weber Kelly Preserve, a dog-friendly park that is wooded and home to many birds, including red-tailed hawks. Its mixed woods growth is bordered by a salt marsh at Sagadahoc Bay, and because of the presence of many fish seeking the shelter of the marsh, it is also populated by fish-eating ducks, herons and egrets. This is truly a visual smorgasbord for you and your furry bestie to observe. The Preserve is open year-round from dawn to dusk, and boasts a 2-mile moderately challenging trail that will lead you into the forest and loop you back out. A kiosk at the trailhead will provide you with information and maps. Free parking is at the entrance on Bay Point Road.
Phippsburg is a town across the mouth of the Kennebec River from Georgetown, and host to the Popham Beach State Park. This park features a long stretch of sandy beach, pawrfect for strolling with your leashed fur-pup from October 1st through March 31st. Collecting shells is a popular pastime, as is watching the surfers challenging the waves year-round in their wet suits. Brrrr. Because of the long and easy descent into the ocean at low tide, this is also a good place to launch a sea kayak and take your pooch for a paddle. Fox Island is accessible by foot at low tide, but keep an eye on the tides so you and the fur-baby are not stranded there at high tide. There is a small fee for parking in the lot during on-season months, but not during the winter, when parking is available on the road.
Wiscasset is a small town near the bridge that accesses Georgetown Island from the mainland. In Wiscasset, you’ll find Red’s Eats, a legend in this part of Maine that features true Down East Feast foods like lobster rolls, onion rings and Maine blueberry cake. The restaurant provides water and biscuits for its canine patrons on its 2 decks, and even serves hamburgers and hot dogs for anyone who doesn’t eat “lobstah.” This is a cash only establishment, so be sure to visit the ATM before stopping by. It's open until 10:30 every night in season, 5:00 in the spring. If your taste leans toward something a bit more formal, but every bit as delicious, visit the Squire Tarbox Inn where you and your pup will be treated to farm-to-table gourmet eats that will make both your mouths water! Enjoy dining at one of the outdoor tables with your furry dinner date! Bone appetit!
The Bath City Center neighborhood of Bath is home to South End Park, an 11-acre area on the banks of the Kennebec River where dogs can romp off-leash. With free parking and a walking trail, this park has something to offer everyone, including pawsome views of the river. There’s even Bocce for the humans to play while the pups cavort! Pawrrific! For your convenience, waste bags and receptacles are provided, too. As a bonus, the park features access to the river so pups can take a swim and a splash to cool off! Just be sure to observe them on the rocks leading down to the river, as these can become slippery. Woofderful!
Library Park, also known as City Park, is the name given to the grounds of the pawsome Patten Free Library. Manicured, grassy lawns are dotted with trees and crisscrossed with walking paths that are pawrfect for a leisurely stroll with the fur-baby. A gazebo and benches provide places to rest and watch the world go by, while the large free parking lot is a few steps from it all. A small pond with a footbridge is nestled in one corner of the park, and lovely plantings make for summer and fall color. Don’t miss this little gem in the middle of the city – it’s barktiful!
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