― Christopher Paolini, from Eragon
Kettle Cove State Park is one of the numerous perfect examples of small, well-maintained, state-run trails and beaches that we’re so lucky to have effortlessly available to us here in Maine. What makes it stand out is the somehow private and secluded feel, making the ‘state park’ seem a bit contradictory.
Secluded rocky coastline, sandy beaches, walking trails abutting a hidden cove, and being within walking distance to two other state parks make Kettle Cove State Park an ideal stop in Maine.
There’s a decent sized parking lot as you pull up to Kettle Cove (though it can fill up quickly on a nice day), which is directly above the small sandy beaches and rocky area (AKA less stuff you have to lug to the beach – you can always just run to your vehicle quickly!). There is a small entrance fee (or free with an annual Maine State Park pass), and no other facilities – but there are plenty of beaches to watch the waves crash. Lounging on the beach, searching for treasure on the rocks, and the small wooden oceanview trails can keep you entertained all day here. Plus, Crescent Beach State Park and Two Lights State Park are both a very short, walkable distance away – in fact, Crescent Beach State Park‘s sandy beaches are directly adjacent to Kettle Cove State Park! If you’re exploring offseason (which, let’s face it – for Maine, that’s most of the year), check out the polar plunge – an annual community event that’s been going on for 19 years, where you get to run in the icy ocean on January 1st for an extremely brisk swim for charity!
Shots from Kettle Cove State Park
Where Is It?
From the Casco Bay Bridge, follow Route 77 out of South Portland for a little over 7 miles, and take a left onto Kettle Cove Road (Parking is at the end of this road).
Kettle Cove State Park
Kettle Cove Rd, Cape Elizabeth, ME 04107
(Plus Code: HQ6J+FX Cape Elizabeth, Scarborough Town, ME)
What else is nearby?
Travel is the best kind of education so go get lost, even if it’s just outside your own doorstep! Here are some more of our favorite places right next door!
- Crescent Beach State Park
- Two Lights State Park
- Kettle Cove Creamery