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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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  • If you are driving along the coast of Maine, you should stop here for a spell to see this beautiful gem!  more »
  • We brought a picnic lunch and sat facing a gorgeous view of the water. Tons of picnic groves and tables with grills, many in the shade. Clean bathrooms and a playground, too. After lunch we walked the...  more »
  • me and my boyfriend checked this place actually by the advise of one of his neighbors. this beach is amazingly gorgeous. I have never seen a place like this before, its big spacious and scenic . makin...  more »
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  • 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.
  • This place is amazing, the shore line is really rocky and holds so many beautiful views. The trails are great also
  • Beautiful path along coast but don't expect to see a lighthouse. They are outside of park. Spectacular views
  • 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.
  • Great views! Went on the fourth of July and was able to use one of the grills and picnic benches.

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