Consisting of over 10,000 acres and 40 miles of trails, Mount Agamenticus in York, Maine offers endless opportunities for dog friendly hiking. On the day we visited our dogs hiked the popular Ring Trail through dense forest and The Big A trail for summit views. The Ring Trail begins near the base of the mountain, and is approximately 2 miles of moderate to difficult hiking. The western portion is a gradual ascent with a few rocky areas, and the eastern section is steep and rocky. The Big A trail is a much easier walk that circles the summit. On a clear day there are views of the Isles of Shoals, Cape Elizabeth, Casco Bay, the Boston skyline, and the Presidential Range including Mount Washington.
Dogs must be on-leash, and as always please clean up after your pet. The Mount Agamenticus Conservation Region is the largest coastal forest from Acadia National Park to the New Jersey Pine Barrens, and is host to diverse wildlife and vegetation including 24 plants, 11 animals, and 9 plant communities that are listed as threatened or endangered in Maine. The Learning Lodge is open on weekends with kid friendly activities, and along the western side of the Ring Trail is the Story Walk featuring a new story each season. Picnic tables are available at the summit, and there are seasonal portable restrooms. Parking lots are located near the base of the mountain, as well as along the road leading to the summit. Informational kiosks with trail maps are available at the parking areas. The park itself is free, but donations are always welcomed.
Looking for a hike off the beaten path? Kenyon Hill Preserve in South Berwick is adjacent to Mount Agamenticus. Or if you are interested in a more rigorous hike, it is possible to hike from McIntire Highlands Preserve in York to the summit of Mount Agamenticus. For additional dog hiking trails and other attractions in the York County area including beaches and scenic hikes, please visit of Dog Friendly Places page.