Two Lights State Park, Cape Elizabeth

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Two Lights State Park is a publicly owned recreation area named after the twin Cape Elizabeth Lights on Cape Elizabeth, Maine. The 41acre state park opened in 1961 and offers views of Casco Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. In addition to rocky headlands, the park includes the remains of a World War II-era seacoast battery bunker and a fire control tower. Note there are no lighthouses in this park. Instead of paying to visit this park in hopes of seeing the Two Light Lighthouses (including the light now named Cape Elizabeth Light), drive over to the end Two Lights Rd., 2 Lights Terrace, and back on Beacon Ln.HistoryMaritimeThe nearby twin lighthouses were built in 1828, but cannot be viewed from this park. The easternmost light is still active; the other was decommissioned in 1924, served as a fire control tower in World War II, and is now a private home. Although the lighthouses cannot be seen from within the park, they can be viewed from a turnaround at the end of Two Lights Road. Edward Hopper made one of the towers the subject of his 1929 painting The Lighthouse at Two Lights, which was used on a U.S. postage stamp in 1970 commemorating the sesquicentennial of Maine statehood.MilitaryDuring World War II, the park area was the Cape Elizabeth Military Reservation. The coast defense battery in the park was Battery Construction Number (BCN) 201, designed for two 6-inch guns in shielded mounts that would be on the large concrete circles at each end of the battery. However, with the threat from surface ships nearly non-existent by the time the battery was completed, it was not armed. It was part a modernization of the Harbor Defenses of Portland, centered on Battery Steele on Peaks Island. A duplicate of Battery Steele, BCN 101 with two
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  • September 29, 2017
    There's an entry fee for the park. For 4 of us it was 20 bucks, The fee was on concession, we were treated as Maine residents ! This is a nice place for picnic and other group activities. The benches ...  more »
  • September 27, 2017
    Great place for a party. Great facility for bar-b-qing with plenty of tables & great lawn for games b  more »
  • September 24, 2017
    We have visited Two Lights frequently since moving to Maine in 1983. Now that we live away, when visiting Maine friends we'll still spend part of a day here relaxing and reading. It's a beautiful, unc...  more »
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  • June 20, 2017
    I could spend all day wa define here, so many different scenic spots to view from. Nice bathrooms. Decent kids playground. Good parking. Clearly marked.
  • July 7, 2017
    This place is amazing, the shore line is really rocky and holds so many beautiful views. The trails are great also
  • June 23, 2017
    Beautiful path along coast but don't expect to see a lighthouse. They are outside of park. Spectacular views
  • April 16, 2017
    So goregous here! Wish I had more time to spend here. Also Ranger Rob was so nice. I'll have to go to next years Outdoors Convention in Toronto in order to sat hi to him again. I hope to go back to this park.
  • July 6, 2017
    Great views! Went on the fourth of July and was able to use one of the grills and picnic benches.

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