The Cutler Coast Public Reserved Land, also known as the Cutler Preserve, in Cutler, Maine is a moderate to difficult dog friendly hike, with breathtaking views of the Bold Coast. Consisting of over 12,000 acres of remote wilderness with trails through dense forest, open meadows and over jagged cliffs for dramatic views of coastal headlands, the Cutler Coast Public Reserved Land is far off the beaten path of Acadia and offers solitude away from the tourist crowds. Please note these trails are for dogs who are seasoned hikers, able to traverse the rugged and rocky paths that skirt the clifftops.
On the day we visited we hiked the Coastal Trail to the first overlook which is 2.8 miles roundtrip, and the easiest of the three trails for dogs. The Coastal Trail winds it way through a cedar swamp and maritime spruce forest to an overlook of the ocean with spectacular views of the Bold Coast headlands. Overlooking the Bay of Fundy, it is possible to see seals and porpoises, and in the summer and early fall the occasional whale. From this point forward, the Coastal Trail goes from moderate to difficult, so we only briefly explored it further before turning back. If you continue on the Coastal Trail you will come to the Black Point Brook Loop. This 5.5 mile roundtrip trail leads to a small cobble beach that is accessible via a log ladder. At Black Point Cove it is possible to take an inland trail to further explore this diverse landscape. If you continue the trail becomes the more difficult Fairy Head Loop, which offers the most shorefront hiking and open meadows for a 9.2 mile roundtrip. There are also three designated campsites at Fairy Head.
Dogs are required to be on a four foot leash at the campsites. But considering the rugged landscape with steep drop offs, we recommend keeping dogs unfamiliar with the trail on-leash for the hike as well. Weather conditions can change quickly at the Cutler Coast Public Reserved Land and the trail can be treacherous in wet conditions. Also cell service is spotty at best, so please plan accordingly.