Posted on November 6, 2015 and last updated on August 16, 2017

Crescent Beach State Park, Cape Elizabeth


  • Preserve Size: 100 acres
  • Trail Mileage: 2.7-mile loop
  • Pets: yes
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Sights: sandy beach, meadows, woods, saltwater coves, playground

This is another beloved spot for Cape Elizabethians (I used to be one), and other locals and tourists. It includes a gorgeous mile-long sandy beach, in other words, prime real estate. The beach and 100 acres here are rented by the state from the Sprague family for a nominal fee — hopefully a deal that will extend into perpetuity. This place, if you are lucky and if you visit at dusk, can slay you with its sunsets — but it is dramatic at any time of day, in any weather. The loop here, if you walk down Crescent Beach, climb up on the grassy bank at the end, and walk through the fields and woods to the access road, heading back across the parking lot and walking behind the dunes, is 2.7 miles. Dogs are not allowed on the beach from April 1 to September 30.

Like many popular spots in Maine, visiting here in the off-season is so wonderful. And you can bring dogs. Park at Kettle Cove (where there is another little trail) or the deserted main parking lot.

Directions: Kettle Cove and Crescent Beach State Parks are adjacent to one another and are located 8 miles south of Portland, off of ME-77. Kettle Cove is located at the end of Ocean House Road, left off of ME-77; continue 0.5 miles farther on ME-77 to find the Crescent Beach entrance and gate.


Let me know if you have any trail updates or corrections!