Two Lights State Park

Cape Elizabeth , Maine

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This hike is an easy ramble around the perimeter of Two Lights State Park. You pass the remnants of a World War II gun emplacement and a rocky shoreline of broken shale. The bedrock here is parallel to the coast, creating a very different headland than any to the north. The first things you are likely to notice in Two Lights State Park are the grass-covered bunker along the shore and the cylindrical tower on a rise inland. Both are remains of a World War II gun emplacement built to help protect Portland. The war ended before the gun emplacement was finished. The bunker housed the command center, and the tower was an observation post where soldiers would have scanned the Gulf of Maine for enemy ships and submarines.
Best Easy Day Hikes Portland, Maine

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Best Easy Day Hikes Portland, Maine

by Greg Westrich (Falcon Guides)

This hike is an easy ramble around the perimeter of Two Lights State Park. You pass the remnants of a World War II gun emplacement and a rocky shoreline of broken shale. The bedrock here is parallel to the coast, creating a very different headland than any to the north.

The first things you are likely to notice in Two Lights State
Park are the grass-covered bunker along the shore and the cylindrical tower on a rise inland. Both are remains of a World War II gun emplacement built to help protect Portland. The war ended before the gun emplacement was finished. The bunker housed the command center, and the tower was an observation post where soldiers would have scanned the Gulf of Maine for enemy ships and submarines.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Cape Elizabeth
Distance: 1.2
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 1 hour
Season: May-Oct
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Two Lights State Park, (207) 799-5871, www.maine.gov/twolights
Local Maps: DeLorme: Maine Atlas & Gazetteer map 3; USGS Cape Elizabeth
Topo Map: Two Lights State Park Topographic Map
Guide Book: Best Easy Day Hikes Portland, Maine Guide Book
Driving Directions: View Directions
Trail Directions: View Guide

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