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Old Town, Maine is an island community nestled into the edge of the Great Northern Woods, with the Penobscot and Stillwater Rivers winding through it. The 50 miles of river found in Old Town are accessible year round for fishing, boating and more. These woodlands and waters attract all kinds of nature enthusiasts, and their dogs too! With all of these nearby places to explore, it’s easy to give your dog the active, healthy lifestyle they deserve!
Some pawpular trails to explore with your pooch is the University of Maine Woods. The trailhead for the Rick Swan Trail System can be found along Kirkland Road in the west end of Old Town. In this 850 acre parcel of woodlands, you can find trails that are all different levels of difficulty. Dogs are welcome, and can even explore off-leash under voice command. Don’t forget the waste bags and dog treats for your good boy or girl!
Old Town has its share of small urban parks to enjoy on your morning walk with Fido as well! Check out the Perkins Avenue Park to meet some of the neighborhood dogs and get some fresh air. This family friendly park features playgrounds, athletic fields, and grassy areas to sniff and play on. Leashed dogs are welcome!
With all of these natural areas to explore, Old Town is sure to get your dog’s tail wagging!
The vibrant city center of Old Town has its share of green space to escape to! Binette Park is located right on Main Street, and is also alongside the scenic Penobscot River. This park features a pretty pavilion that’s perfect for gatherings with friends or family. For a heart pumping jog or a leisurely stroll, you and your pooch can enjoy the walking track and large grassy areas, all with a view of the river. This park also has a playground and restrooms available. Leashed dogs are welcome! When it’s time for a frosty treat, head over to Dairy Queen, right nearby. Here you can dig into a blizzard or burger next to your canine companion at one of the nine dog-friendly tables.
In West Old Town, you can find some great places to escape into the great outdoors! Located along the lovely Perch Pond, you can find Sewall Park. This hidden gem is just off of Poplar Street, and great place for picnics and family gatherings, with the family dog of course. The park features water access, restrooms and drinking water. There is also a large multi-purpose field that your pup will love to romp in! You can enjoy all this in peace and quiet with beautiful lake views. Dogs are welcome to join in on the fun, as long as they stay leashed and get picked up after.
In the neighboring town of Orono, you can find another puppy paradise. Just a 7 minute drive from Old Town, in the University of Maine neighborhood, you can find the Piney Knoll Conservation Area. The 57 acre parcel is a great place to go when you and your pup are itching to get outside, but don’t want to go too far. This riverside woodland is known for it’s hiking, cross-country skiing and bird-watching. You can access trails from Colburn Drive, Marsh Lane and Orchard Trails. Leashed dogs are welcome to explore with their humans. If you’re looking for a place to crash after all your adventures, head over to the University Inn Academic Suites. They welcome two dogs of any size for a small fee. Be sure to call ahead to ensure a pet friendly room!
Another woofderful place to check out in the town of Orono, is Gould’s Landing. This scenic nature preserve is located in the Gould Landing neighborhood, under a 20 minute drive from Old Town. In this park you can find a boat launch, beach area on Pushaw Lake, and picnic areas to kick back at relax at. It’s from here that you can access some great walking trails as well! These walking trails will lead you through broadleaf forests and along the shoreline. There are benches and lookout points along the trail. Dogs are welcome as long as they stay under control, and you follow Leave No Trace principles. If you want to stay in the wilderness a little longer, check out Pushaw Lake Campground. The campsites allow one well behaved pet of any size for no additional fee.
A hop south across the border into the small town of Milford, just over 20 minutes from Old Town, brings you to another natural wonderland. The Sunkhaze Meadows National Wildlife Refuge. This sprawling refuge comprises of 11,485 acres, the second largest peatland in Maine. There are about 10 miles of trails winding through the wetlands and bogs that are open to the public and their pups. A great option to check out is the Johnson Brook Trail! This trail is a 3.5 mile loop with many boardwalk sections that are easy on the paws and the eyes. There are also sections passing through a cedar swamp and forested uplands. Leashed dogs are welcome to join their two-legged friends, just be sure to bring waste bags and plenty of drinking water for your parched pup.
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