Two Lights State Park

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Coordinates: 43°34′0″N 70°13′0″W / 43.56667°N 70.21667°W / 43.56667; -70.21667
Two Lights State Park
Maine State Park
Darkening sky at Maine beach.jpg
Two Lights State Park
Country  United States
State  Maine
County Cumberland
Location Cape Elizabeth
 - elevation 0 ft (0 m)
 - coordinates 43°34′0″N 70°13′0″W / 43.56667°N 70.21667°W / 43.56667; -70.21667
Area 41 acres (17 ha)
Founded 1961
Management Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands
IUCN category V - Protected Landscape/Seascape
Location of Two Lights State Park in Maine

Two Lights State Park is a state park located on Cape Elizabeth, Maine.[1] It is a popular point of destination for Maine residents and the many visitors who enjoy the state's rocky coast, named for two nearby lighthouses called the Cape Elizabeth Lights. Opened in 1961, the park spans 41 acres (170,000 m2) of rocky headlands and includes one of the Cape Elizabeth Lights (the Eastern light, still active), the remains of a World War II-era seacoast battery bunker, and a fire control tower. Standing high above the rocky coast and rolling surf, visitors have sweeping views of Casco Bay and the open Atlantic.

History[edit]

The park's name originated in the twin lighthouses located nearby at the end of Two Lights Road. Built in 1828, these were the first twin lighthouses on the coast of Maine. Although not open to the public, the eastern light is an active, automated light station, visible 17 miles (27 km) at sea. The western light ceased operation in 1924 and is now a private home. One of these towers was the subject of Edward Hopper's painting Lighthouse at Two Lights.

Facilities[edit]

Park facilities include paths and benches along the shore, rest rooms, and a playground. Picnic tables situated on the hills facing the ocean afford visitors views of the ocean.

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]