Stargazing at Cherry Springs State Park
Believe it or not, but only 10 percent of Americans have seen a true dark sky. It’s somewhat unfortunate, but most of us live in or around large cities and it’s almost impossible to see any glimpse of stars in the night sky. The city lights and the pollution have taken over the views of stars in the night sky. But not in Cherry Springs State Park! Because of it’s isolated location in the mountains, Coudersport, PA still stands as one of few last strongholds on the East of United States.
When to Visit
- Fall & Winter – are the best times to visit. It may be chillier then, but the lessened humidity and extended night-time hours create excellent stargazing opportunities. The stargazing field at Cherry Springs is open year-round (as their “Astro Cabins” which have their own private stargazing fields, if you can book one).
- Clear Sky Chart – Check out the Cherry Springs Clear Sky Chart for up-to-date look at how the skies are shaping up for your visit. Look for dark blue squares in the row marked “Cloud Cover” — dark blue means clear skies for optimal viewing conditions.
- What to Bring – Warm Clothing with different layers, chair or a blanket, flashlight with red filter and binoculars.
- Directions: Cherry Springs State Park
- Dark Sky Interactive Map: Light Pollution Map
- Cherry Springs Clear Sky Chart: Clear Sky Chart
- Moon Calendar: Moon Phases
- Camping Information: Cherry Springs State Park
- Campground Maps: Map
We left Philadelphia right after work around 6-6:30PM and drove NW for about 4 1/2hrs. By the time we arrived it was already near midnight. Because everyone were watching or shooting the night time photography, we didn’t want to spoil the experience and look for our campsite with our bright headlights. We left the car at the main parking lot, took out our sleeping bags and cowboy camped in the middle of the Night Sky Public Viewing Area. We didn’t stay out for to long as we were tired from a long work week.