Crescent Beach State Park, Cape Elizabeth
Categories: State Parks, Beaches, Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities
Crescent Beach State Park is state-operated, public recreation area on the Atlantic Ocean in Cape Elizabeth, Maine, United States. The state park features a mile-long, crescent-shaped beach for swimming and sunbathing, fishing, sea kayaking, and trails for hiking and cross-country skiing.In the newsThe state has leased 100 acres of the park from The Sprague Corporation since 1961. In 2013, the state's lease was extended for five years at a cost of $500,000. Under the original 50-year lease, the state paid $1 per year for use of the land, an amount that increased to $10,000 annually with a series of one-year lease extensions that began in 2011. The state has expressed interest in purchasing the entire property, one of the largest revenue-generating parks in Maine, when the current lease expires in 2018. In 2012, the Maine State Employees Association protested the possible privatization of the park by Governor Paul LePage's administration, saying privatization would endanger the entire public park system.Use our Cape Elizabeth tour planner to add Crescent Beach State Park and other attractions to your Cape Elizabeth vacation plans.
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This beach can get crowded in the middle of summer but there's lots of parking and space to sit if you're there at low tide even that time of year. After Labor Day is ideal as the water is still warm ... read more »
The sand was beautiful. The beach was very quite and clean. It has a lot of parking places. A great place to all age. Bring your blanket or chair and enjoy!
Nice park with trails, picnic sites, and a clean sandy beach that's good for swimming. Even on a hot day it was not crowded. My only complaint is the entrance fee ($25 for my family) and the fact that... read more »
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