Crescent Beach State Park

Quick Facts

Crescent Beach State Park

Maine

(207) 799-5871

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Overview

Crescent Beach State Park opened in 1966 and is located about eight miles south of Portland in picturesque Cape Elizabeth. Sandy oceanfront beaches, saltwater coves, wooded areas, and rock ledges provide seashore recreation for beachgoers, fishing and water sports enthusiasts, and nature observers. Crescent Beach State Park is a classic saltwater beach park with beach grass-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.

Map of Crescent Beach (ME)

Latitude, Longitude: 43.567084, -70.234480

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Activities

  • Boating

    Sea kayaking and fishing boats are allowed.

  • Fishing

    There are a number of different saltwater species that can be caught from the shore and fishing boats.

  • Hiking

    The park's signature feature and namesake is a mile-long, crescent-shaped beach.

  • Picnicking

    There are a few picnic tables.

  • Water Sports

    Swimming and wind-sailing are popular at the beach.

  • Winter Sports

    In the winter, visitors can hike or cross-country ski on paths under a canopy of snow-covered evergreen boughs.

Seasonality/Weather

In the off-season when the park is closed to vehicles, walkers are welcome to enjoy the tranquility of the beaches and trails

Park Partners

Friends of Maine State Parks

Friends of Maine State Parks was created in 1997 by individuals interested in ensuring the preservation of Maine's unique state park system and is a non-profit organization open to anyone who shares these goals.

* Provide informational, referral and networking services on issues of interests pertaining to State Parks and Historic Sites * Advocate and oversee on matters of importance to the character and purpose of State Parks and Historic Sites * Sponsor and cosponsor events that assist the promotion of State Parks and Historic Sites * Conduct quarterly educational programs with topics of interest pertaining to State Parks and Historic Sites * Sponsor an annual fall Picnic for all its members

Directions

Driving

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

Phone Numbers

Primary

(207) 799-5871

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