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What are some notable state parks in Maine?

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Notable state parks in Maine include Baxter State Park, Two Lights State Park, Birch Point State Park and Scarborough Beach State Park. Maine has 36 state parks, one state forest, one state memorial and one state wildlife management area.

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Baxter State Park includes over 200,000 acres and is home to Mount Katahdin, with an elevation of 5,268 feet. Hikers can enjoy over 200 miles of trails with difficulty levels ranging from easy to challenging, and may encounter moose, bear and deer on the trail.

Two Lights State Park is located in Cape Elizabeth. Its two lighthouses were the inspiration for Edward Hopper’s well-known painting "Lighthouse at Two Lights." Visitors can watch lobstermen and fishermen from the pebbly beach or eat fresh seafood at the park's full-service restaurant.

Birch Point State Park attracts sunbathers, fishers and swimmers who can enjoy views of Penobscot Bay. This state park is only open for daytime hours during the summer months.

Scarborough Beach State Park features water temperatures in the mid-60s during July and August, attracting swimmers, fishers and boaters. The park has lifeguards on duty from June 10th through Labor Day each year. Hikers can explore the self-guided hiking trail. Chairs, umbrellas and boogie boards are available for rent by the day, and visitors can enjoy food from the restaurant beachside.

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