Winter Walk: Portland Head Light

Winter is the perfect time to explore Portland Head Light at dog friendly Fort Williams Park in Cape Elizabeth, Maine.  Consisting of approximately 90 acres, this popular tourist destination has everything you need for a scenic dog day out including cliff walk with lighthouse views, historic fort to explore, and even an off-leash dog area.  However, in the winter it is even better because there aren’t all the tour buses and crowds!

On the day we visited we marveled at the scenic beauty along the cliff walk, explored the path by the old fort, then headed to the off-leash dog area for some tail wagging fun, making this a great day to shake off our cabin fever.  Please note that dogs must be on-leash in most of the park, except for in the area indicated by signs.  To find the designated off-leash area, just head up the hill towards the brick buildings, and you will find the large open field for dogs.  Another thing to keep in mind during the winter is the Cliff Walk can be icy, so bring along your ice cleats for better traction.  However, the main roads in the park are plowed for easy walking.  Portland Head Light at Fort Williams Park is open year round dawn to dusk, with parking areas throughout the park.

To plan your visit, including directions and current weather conditions, please visit our Portland Head Light page.  Additional recommendations for Maine Winter Dog Hikes, can be found on our Dog Friendly Places page.

Portland Head Light at Fort Williams Park is the perfect cure for cabin fever.

Cliff Walk at Fort Williams Park.

Leisurely winter stroll at Fort Williams Park.

Fort Williams Park off-leash dog area.

Dog friendly, scenic walk at Portland Head Light.


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