Jasper Beach, located in Howard Cove, Machiasport, Maine, is a scenic place for a dog friendly walk. However, don't be fooled by the name. If you are looking to spend the day at a sandy beach, this place isn't for you. But if you would like to see a unique geological formation which is said to occur in only one other place on earth in Japan, then this beach entirely made of rocks is worth the trek off the beaten path. Named for the millions of wave polished stones that cover this pocket beach, Jasper Beach doesn't actually consist of jasper, but instead geologists insist most of the rocks are rhyolite. Regardless of what the stones are, the music they make as the tide rolls in and out is hypnotic, and the sea caves that have formed in the bedrock surrounding the beach are interesting to explore. In addition, beyond the steep rock dunes and storm berms are fresh and saltwater lagoons, making this a beautiful location to walk your dog.
Dogs are allowed at this town owned beach under voice control. However, if your dog fancies himself to be a connoisseur of rocks, such as our Asa, then be sure to bring along a leash! This is not a beach for barefoot strolls, and the rocks do provide a bit of a challenge when navigating up the steep storm berms. Our dogs had no trouble with the rocks on the fall day we visited, but please keep in mind on warm summer days these rocks would be hot and uncomfortable on paws. There is a limited free parking.