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BeachesBeaches BirdwatchingBirdwatching Cross-country skiingCross-country skiing FishingFishing Sea kayakingSea kayaking SwimmingSwimming Walking (roads and paths)Walking (roads and paths) Watchable wildlifeWatchable wildlife Food serviceFood service Picnic areaPicnic area

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Location Lat 43.567210 / Lon -70.237746

At 109 Bowery Beach Road; about 8 miles south of Portland on Route 77 (also called Bowery Beach Road) in Cape Elizabeth.

Hours / Season Open all year; 9:00 a.m. to sunset daily unless otherwise posted at the gate. Fee charged.

Crescent Beach State Park opened in 1966 and offers bathing in the surf or in the sun at one of Maine's finest beaches. There are picnic tables and grills, a children's playground, a snack bar, and a bathhouse with cold-water showers. Kettle Cove State Park, located adjacent to Crescent Beach State Park, offers beautiful coastal views and a walking trail around the cove.

Sandy oceanfront beaches, saltwater coves, wooded areas, and rock ledges provide seashore recreation for beachgoers, fishing and watersports enthusiasts, and nature observers. Crescent Beach State Park is a classic saltwater beach park with American beachgrass-studded sand dunes, ocean breezes, herring gulls, picnic areas and views of fishing boats and an offshore island.

The park's signature feature and namesake is a mile-long, crescent-shaped beach ideal for strolling and sunbathing, where relatively warm waters and light surf make swimming and boating a pleasure. A few feet from the crowded summer sands are trails for walking and nature watching.

In the off-season when the park is closed to vehicles, walkers are welcome to enjoy the tranquility of the beaches and trails. In the winter, visitors can hike or cross-country ski on paths under a canopy of snow-covered evergreen boughs.

Read the July 25, 2017 Rubys on the Road review of the park.

For a guided tour of the park's geologic highlights, see Coastal Erosion at Crescent Beach State Park. Learn about the geology of the area on the interactive Maine Geologic Facts and Localities map.

The Land and Water Conservation Fund contributed to this State Park. Learn more about LWCF.

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  • Beaches
  • Birdwatching
  • Cross-country skiing
  • Fishing
  • Sea kayaking
  • Swimming
  • Walking (roads and paths)
  • Watchable wildlife

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Consider lending a hand. Contact us if you would like to help with stewardship or maintenance work.

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Tours and Programs

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Portland Paddle now offers paddle board rentals and guided sea kayak tours at Crescent Beach

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Services and Facilities

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Cape Elizabeth, Maine

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Crescent Beach State Park
7 Tower Drive
Cape Elizabeth, ME 04107
207 799-5871

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Eight miles south of Portland on Maine Route 77 in Cape Elizabeth

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Two Lights State Park

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