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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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TripAdvisor
  • Perhaps most famous for Portland Head Light standing on its grounds, the park has a vast amount of history worth exploring. Portland Headlight is described by many as being the most photographed light...  more »
  • Walk near the lighthouse, and out to the crashing waves on the rocks, gaze, and photograph. Then take a few steps over to the Lobster House for seafood.  more »
  • I wanted to see a lighthouse on my first vacation to Maine and I found this state park on TripAdvisor. It was a beautiful area and so neat to read the history. The water crashing up on the rocks was b...  more »
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  • 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.
  • Nice to go back here; hadn't been in many years. Good park for little hikes, some views of local lighthouses, or a picnic.
  • Well maintained park on the rocky shores of Portland, Maine. Nice view and convenient location.
  • Absolutely gorgeous. Wonderful place to see the Maine coast.
  • This is a beautiful little are with great places to just sit and watch the waves come in on the rocks below while you gaze out upon the sea. It also has a playground for kids and bathroom facilities if needed while you are out with the family.