Crescent Beach and Kettle Cove State Parks

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Kettle Cove and Crescent Beach State Parks are adjacent to one another and are located 8 miles south of Portland. Kettle Cove is located at the end of Ocean House Road off of ME Route 77, and Crescent Beach's main gate is 0.5 miles south directly off ME Route 77.

Description

Just twenty minutes from Portland, these two adjacent state parks offer magnificent views of the Maine coast and provide many recreational opportunities. The mile-long sandy crescent-shaped beach is perfect for a stroll, swim, and sun bathe. At the eastern end, one can explore a rocky area for small sea creatures or find a trail that takes the hiker through a meadow that continues offering fantastic views of the water, an old apple orchard, and nearby Richmond Island. The meadow is periodically mowed to continue its abundance of milkweed, attracting many monarch butterflies each late summer and fall. Milkweed is the only plant that its larvae can eat and is essential to the life cycle of this butterfly.

This short trail will lead to an old fire road that meanders through the woods and ends on the entrance road to the park. The hiker can return along this entrance road to the main parking area for Crescent Beach State Park. Just to the west of the park's facilities there is a gravel road located immediately behind the sand dunes that park staff frequently use. This road provides a peaceful walk that passes by wetlands where bird watching is optimal.

The western terminus of the service road and shoreline is Kettle Cove State Park. If a visitor chooses to enter Kettle Cove State Park via Ocean House Road, it is important to keep in mind that this small parking lot can fill quickly and is shared with a busy boat launch used by area lobstermen.

Kettle Cove, while small, offers more spectacular ocean scenery, a grassy area, and an excellent area for tidal pool exploration. At the far end of the parking lot there are two trail heads that will take the hiker into a small network of gentle trails offering the opportunity to view yet another hidden cove.

Other Information

These areas, although heavily visited, always offer excellent opportunities for peaceful, easy walking.

Please be courteous of all park boundaries and park rules, which can always be found easily posted nearby.

Crescent Beach State Park is open seasonally between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Pets are welcome at the park on a 4 foot leash but are not allowed on the beach from April 1-September 30. Visitors are welcomed to use the trails and beach in the off-season and are asked to park well off from the the road. Kettle Cove is plowed for parking in the winter months.

Trail Manager

Visit the Crescent Beach State Park webpage for more information or contact:

Maine Division of Parks and Public Lands
Park Manager
7 Tower Drive,
Cape Elizabeth, ME 04107
Phone: (207) 799-5871

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Crescent Beach State Park
Crescent Beach State Park
Photo courtesy:Maine Division of Parks and Public Lands

Sandy oceanfront beaches, saltwater coves, wooded areas, and rock ledges provide seashore recreation for visitors at these connected state parks. A few feet from the shore are gentle trails perfect for walking and observing nature.

Quick Facts

Activity
  • Hiking / Walking
  • Snowshoeing
TownCape Elizabeth
DifficultyEasy
Length2.2 miles, Network
SurfaceGravel, Rocks/Ledge, Crushed Stone, Dirt/Forest Floor, Sand
PetsPermitted
FeesYes
Other ActivitiesNone

Current Weather

April 24, 2014
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41°F feels like 31°F

Wind:
From the NW at 22 MPH Gusting to 31 MPH
Humidity:
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Dew Point:
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