Whether you’re taking a scenic walk along the coastline or enjoying a lovely picnic under the giant trees, Portland’s Head Light Park is a place of spectacular ocean views and historic structures dating back to 1700s. Serving as a barrier against British rule at the time, Portland Head was used to warn citizens of coming British attacks.
After the construction of the lighthouse was finalized in 1791, a 4th order Fresnel lens and a cast iron staircase were installed by 1864. Visitors can now see a portion of the glass at the Portland Head Light Museum. Apart from its historical value, Head Light Park is also an ideal place to cliff walk with lighthouse views or go on the numerous hiking trails available nearby.
There is also an off-leash, dog-friendly area situated just past Battery Blair, where owners can take their furry buddies to go swimming or exercising. The recreation areas available at Head Light Parkas well as the lighthouse complex make this spot the go-to spot to relax and spend quality time with your four-legged friend.
Other features include plenty of parking, benches and picnic tables, rocky beaches, walking trails, a food truck and a stand where owners can buy beverages. At Head Light Park, you can start your tour with a visit to the historic fort and end up with the spectacular coastline views. Dogs must be on a leash throughout the park, except for the designated area.
Dogs are also not allowed in buildings and need to be under their owner’s control at all times. Visitors are also expected to clean up after their pets and keep the area as healthy and safe as possible. If you want to explore the walking trails alongside your furry companion or enjoy the fantastic lighthouse views, Head Light Park Off-Leash Area is the place to be.