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State Park Series #6 Kettle Cove State Park

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Just twenty minutes from Portland, Kettle Cove State Park offers magnificent views of the Maine coast and provides many recreational opportunities. The sandy beach, adjacent to Crescent Beach State Park is perfect for a stroll, swim, and sun bathe. One can explore a rocky area for small sea creatures or find a trail that takes the hiker through a meadow that continues offering fantastic views of the water, an old apple orchard, and nearby Richmond Island. The meadow is periodically mowed to continue its abundance of milkweed, attracting many monarch butterflies each late summer and fall. Milkweed is the only plant that its larvae can eat and is essential to the life cycle of this butterfly. If a visitor chooses to enter Kettle Cove State Park via Ocean House Road, it is important to keep in mind that this small parking lot can fill quickly and is shared with a busy boat launch used by area lobstermen. Kettle Cove, while small, offers more spectacular ocean scenery, a grassy area, and an excellent area for tidal pool exploration. At the far end of the parking lot there are two trail heads that will take the hiker into a small network of gentle trails offering the opportunity to view yet another hidden cove. Visit Campfire Magazine online at www.CampfireMagazine.com