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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  • two twin lighthouses thats a must see to go to . loved it even though it was cold out. Great spot for sunset and sunrise  more »
  • We visited here post season on a very windy day! Still it was great to see this spot and experience it. This can be a relatively quick stop.  more »
  • Boosts 41-acres of rocky headlands. That is for sure. While we didn't do much hiking in the area, it sure was rocky. From the edge you can see the typical Maine coast. Due to a recent storm the surf w...  more »
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  • Went here as a child, in 1980. I have remembered the beauty and peace ever since. I couldn't travel to Maine without going back. I was worried that I would feel let down. It was even more breathtaking now. Watching and hearing the waves crash bright me to tears. The structure of the rocks is amazing and quite unique. I wanted to stay forever.
  • After living in Maine most of my life, for the first time in 37 years I finally came here. I had a wonderful time walking around taking photos and the sunset was amazing. The fall is a really great time of year to go. I highly recommend coming here.
  • One of my favorite places in Maine!! It has a nice Park for the kids and lots of picnic tables to eat at. The ocean views are the best. Go at both low and high tide. We were there on low and we got to walk on the rocks and go tide pooling. It was spectacular! I could sit there for hours... if I didn't have kids bugging me ;). Put this on the list to see. We got the State Park car pass online before coming since we were going to visit several state parks. The pass is totally worth it! My favorite place in Maine! Best part... only 20 people there in July!
  • We actually got lost here when looking for a different place, so we went in anyway, had lunch, and looked around a bit. Beautiful views of the ocean! The water is pretty mean in this area, so I'd definitely listen when they say to stay at least 20 feet away. A fun little place to explore! There's a playground and bathrooms near the parking lot. Once you go in towards the area overlooking the ocean, there are picnic tables to eat on. These lighthouses aren't that exciting, but the park is beautiful!
  • Nice park. This can be a quick stop if you just want to see it. Or you can sit on the bench and watch the ocean for a bit.

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