If you have ever been to Acadia National Park you have likely passed by the sign that reads “100 miles to Roosevelt Campbello International Park.” I know I have passed by so many times (too many to count) always on my way to somewhere in or around Acadia.
I recently passed by the sign again while spending time at Schoodic Point in Acadia National Park. I decided it had been long enough that I pass by the sign and that I would make it my mission to visit the park. And soon.
Like most things, when I get my mind stuck on something I like to make it happen sooner rather than later. My promise to myself to visit “soon” turned into a trip the very next week with James my golden retriever pup.
If it had been just me I probably would have just tossed my passport in my bag and hit the road. Since James was coming with me I wanted to do my due diligence to make sure we did not find ourselves unprepared trying to cross the border.
Roosevelt Campobello International Park is very dog-friendly. That does not mean dogs are allowed everywhere, but they are allowed in most places. As for any special requirements for crossing the border with your favorite four-legged friend all you need is a rabies certificate (not sure about those of the non-dog variety). I am not sure how closely they looked at the papers from the vet, but it is always better to have what you may need just in case.
We spent a full day checking out beaches and coves throughout the natural area, hiking a series of small accessible trails, and of course seeking out random places for snack breaks. I recommend hiking the coastal route that takes you from Raccoon Beach to Liberty Point and back (about 5 miles round trip). You can picnic right at Raccoon Beach or at several lookout points along the way.
Solo trips like this are the best because there is no set agenda or schedule. The trip is all about taking the time to wander around and learn along the way.