Two Lights State Park, in Cape Elizabeth, ME, provides spectacular views of Casco Bay and the open Atlantic. It is a popular spot for barbecues, clambakes, and taking in Maine’s legendary rocky coast.
The Maine coastline is endlessly beautiful. The rocky shore, sweeping vistas, and iconic lighthouses draw locals and visitors alike. Guests of our Kennebunkport Inn are pleased to discover that the immediate area offers numerous opportunities to explore the shore.
Numerous overlooks, beaches, parks, and lighthouses are nearby, particularly as you head North along the coast. For those interested in doing so, we recommend a stop at Two Lights State Park.
Two Lights State Park
Two Lights encompasses 41-acres of rocky headlands, much of which is high above the coast’s rolling surf. Tables and grills overlooking the ocean provide incredible views to go along with your picnic.
Around 2 miles of shoreline trails will take you down along the rocky headland. Watch ships, take in the surf, and enjoy those refreshing sea breezes (but watch out for rogue waves – no joke).
Before it was a park, Two Lights served as a World War II coastal defense installation. Remnants of the Cape Elizabeth Military Reservation remain, including several bunkers and an observation tower. The park also offers a shelter, playground, and an ice skating pond.
Before you get too excited, however, you need to know that these lighthouses are nearby but not IN the park.
The lighthouses, built in 1828, were Maine’s first twin lighthouses. The eastern light is an active, automated light station, visible from 17 miles out at sea. The western light was decommissioned in 1924 and is now a private residence. One of the twins is the subject of Edward Hopper’s famous 1929 painting “Lighthouse at Two Lights.”
Neither light is open to the public, nor can they be seen from the park. Don’t despair, though. Both can be viewed from a turnaround at the end of nearby Two Lights Road.
Two Lights State Park
7 Tower Dr, Cape Elizabeth, ME 04107
Open Year ’round, 9am to sunset
Visit the park website for more information.
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