Fort Foster & Kittery Point Shore Trail, Kittery Point, ME

Any day of the year is a great day to visit the beach. Well maybe not when it is 9 degrees and winds speeds in the teens. LOL

Fort Foster is such a beautiful place to visit with many fun things for you and your dog to do from a walk in the forest and along the shore, to exploring the fort, as well as swimming at the dog beach (right of the pier) and picnicking.

Since it is the only year round dog beach that we know of, Fort Foster is a very busy place from Memorial Day to Labor Day. We tend to visit in the off season for a more relaxed visit.

Here are details about this trail:

  • 📍 GPS: 76 Pocahontas Road
  • 🅿️ Parking: in the off season, park outside the gatehouse and walk in (sometimes the gate is open in the off season), in peak season, drive in and park in the lot
  • 💲 The park charges an entrance fee (seasonally), only accepts credit/debit cards
  • 🥾 Length: 2.1 miles
  • ⛰️ Elevation gain: 78 ft
  • ⚙️ Difficulty Rating: Easy (see our Trail Rating & Pace Guide)
  • 🕥 Time: 1.5 – 2 hours
  • 🚶🏽 Pace: Stroll to Moderate so dogs can sniff
  • 🐕 Reactive Dog Rating: Level 1-2+ depending on time of year (see our Reactive Dog Comfort Level Chart)
  • ✔️ Restroom: Yes but only open seasonally (Memorial Day – Labor Day as well as weekends in May and September). You may find port-a-pottys inside the park off the first parking lot. Not sure about availability in winter.
  • 📱 Cell service (Verizon)
  • 🚫 Hunting: not allowed
  • 🐶 Dogs must be on leash from 10am – 3pm in the off season and 10am to park closing in peak season. Dogs can be off leash at other times.
  • 💩 Carry out your dog’s waste
  • 💧 Swimming options for dogs (right side of pier, all year round)
  • 🌐 Website 
  • 🗺️ Trail Map

The trail we explore starts at the gatehouse. The first part takes you through the woods where the trail is narrow and can be wet in several places. There are boards to traverse. Follow this trail until it opens into a grassy path.

Eventually the path splits left. You can go left or straight, we prefer left which eventually brings us to the shore walk and views of the ocean.

There are many places to stop, explore the rocky beach, take in the sights, and breathe the salty air.

After, continue to follow the trail around and past Windsurfer’s Beach until you reach the pier and picnic area. From here, you can explore the Fort (watch for broken glass, and snakes in the warm seasons), have a picnic, or play at the dog beach to the right of the pier. This location is ideal to visit during low tide, as it allows access to an extended stretch of beach.

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