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Crescent Beach State Park, Cape Elizabeth
(3.9/5 based on 120 reviews on the web)
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.
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  • Beautiful expansive beach with trails into the state park. Beautiful coastline. Nice place to walk, look for shells and enjoy the coast. 
  • I needed a beach/ocean fix and this came onto my radar. It was 45 and windy and perfect. We walked the beach for a little while. Looked at shells. Loved the salty air and the lack of people. It was so...  more »
  • As for many Maine beaches, some years are better than others at Crescent State beach. The beach is left "natural" so there can be a lot of seaweed washed up on shore and in the water. A few years ago,...  more »