Cape Elizabeth Landmarks
The TD Beach to Beacon draws thousands of visitors to Cape Elizabeth each summer. After the race ends, the town offers more sights to explore.
PORTLAND HEAD LIGHT
The race finishes at Fort Williams Park, where the Portland Head Light sits. Photographers often capture the waves that crash against the lighthouse’s quartzite and gray phyllite rock formations.
Built in 1906, the small battery in Fort Williams Park originally housed three-inch mine defense guns to defend against fast- attack boats. Visitors can climb the steps of the battery for dramatic ocean views.
TWO LIGHTS STATE PARK
Two Lights State Park runs along the southeast corner of Cape Elizabeth’s rocky coastline. Bordered by twin lighthouses, one of which was memorialized as the subject of Edward Hopper’s The Lighthouse at Two Lights, the 41-acre park boasts picnic tables and shoreline trails.
CRESCENT BEACH STATE PARK AND KETTLE COVE
Crescent Beach State Park includes a mile- long white sand beach and a rocky area for exploring tidal pools. Adjacent to Crescent Beach, Kettle Cove is smaller, and at the far end of its parking lot, two trailheads lead hikers to a hidden cove.
Cape Elizabeth’s largest wetland, Great Pond often draws summer visitors who use its environs and 40 acres of freshwater for boating, fishing, and bird watching.
Cape Elizabeth maintains public access to over 1,000 acres of land. The trail system features 15 miles of walkways that extend throughout the town. Maps are available on the town website, capeelizabeth.com.