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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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  • We went there with our two dogs and had a blast. We walked on the rocks and climbed as well. It's Maine at its best.  more »
  • No matter how many times I visit here I find new trails to walk, new picnic spots and learn new information about the history that occurred there. Whether you bring your family or just a trip for two ...  more »
  • We visited in December, just when the weather started to turn, so we did not stay long, but I can imagine how beautiful it is in the summer. It is still stunning, even in winter - the coastline is bea...  more »
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  • Beautiful place. Kids playground and restrooms though the indoor ones were closed for the season. Nice eating areas and grills.
  • Views are fantastic. Have lunch right on the rocky shore and watch the ducks float in the waves. 10 minutes from Portland. Many view points above rocks give you good views, but is it often foggy here. Overall, I recommend going.
  • Great place to stare quietly into the ocean, the rocks maybe a bit uncomfortable to some as there is no beach.
  • Kind of disappointing. Despite the name "two lights," there are no lighthouses at all on the park grounds. They even have a sign that says something to the effect of "if you were looking for headlights, take a right as you leave the park. I paid about $10 to get in and then wandered around for over an hour looking for them only to find out that there weren't any lighthouses to speak of. They might consider changing the name to "no lights" state park to be less deceptive.
  • My wife and i love this place. We want to move to the surrounding area. Would definitely go back and spend more time there.