Located at the southern tip of Maine, the historical small town of Gray was settled in 1736, and still offers visitors a warm and welcoming community. The scenic beauty of the area is well-prized, and tourists come from all over to enjoy it. The town is also pup-friendly and offers the Gray-New Gloucester Animal Hospital ready to care for any of your pup’s health concerns, should the need arise.
Although there are no parks in the town of Gray, you will find St. Gregory’s Campground located here. It is the perfect place to take your fur-ever friend on an overnighter together. Spend some time in the woods and enjoy the scenery of the adjacent Crystal Lake. You can hike for miles and do some pawtastic fishing. Take out your pole and impress Fido with your casting skills! Fish for dinner sound good? Your pup is also allowed to swim on the lake, just find an out-of-the-way spot where they can get in to cool themselves on a hot summer day. Or put in your canoe and paddle your pup out for a ride. Fido is allowed on leash at the campground.
Pack your bags and your pup for an outdoor adventure in Gray.
In the East Gray neighborhood of Gray, take your pup to the Pineland Public Reserve Lands. This area offers 3.2 miles of trails through forests and hills amongst its 600 acres of land. There are also many open spaces throughout which allow you and your pawtastic pup to explore on leash, without trails, to view the native wildlife. This area is a critical use area for many species of birds, so be sure to bring a pair of binoculars and a camera to capture these exquisite creatures and your pup looking on! This is a cross-country skiers paradise for sure.
Don’t miss the Libby Hill Forest Trails, in the North Gray neighborhood of Gray, for some pawtastic hiking time with your fur-ever friend. There are 9 miles of trails which start here and meander throughout the area. Take this trail past the Libby homestead and 19th century farm. Tree identification tags make this an educational, as well as fun, hike. This connects to other trails such as the Moose Odyssey Trail, Ghost Trail or Deer Run Trail. Fido is allowed on all trails while on leash, except the groomed winter trail for skiers. Trails are rated as easy to moderate.
The Intervale Preserve lies just 6 miles northeast of Gray, in the Intervale neighborhood, in the town of New Gloucester. This area offers visitors a pup-friendly environment to enjoy some quality time together. The property lies along the Royal River and features a hiking trail which is rated as easy and perfect for all pup-abilities. This is just a ½-mile loop where you can take your pup and enjoy the views of the adjoining marsh areas. Make sure to keep your pup on leash here and bring plenty of water. Remember mutt mitts to keep this area pristine.
Pack up your pup and head to the Knights Pond Preserve in the Walnut Hill neighborhood, of the town of North Yarmouth, 7 miles southeast of Gray. These 300 acres of land offer 5.7 miles of groomed trails rated as easy and moderate. You and Fido will never get tired of the same trail as these intertwine to create new adventures every time you visit! Don’t miss out on the fishing opportunities, as well as ice skating fun in the winter. The grounds are beautifully landscaped, so be sure to pick up after Fido to keep this area dog-friendly.
In the Range neighborhood of the town of Cumberland, 8 miles southeast of Gray, you and your pawtastic friend will enjoy the day together outdoors at the Rines Forest Trailhead. This is a pawtastic place to jump on the trails which begin here and offer you and Fido some great on-leash time together. There are many trails which connect and will lead you over scenic wooden bridges, across babbling brooks and meandering streams. Some of them either pass or end at the beautiful waterfall located here. These trails are rated as moderately difficult, so plan accordingly for your pup’s comfort.