Cherry Springs State Park

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Awe-Inspiring Night Skies

Named The Most Beautiful Spot for in Every U.S. State for Pennsylvania by MSN Travel in 2017: "Cherry Springs is possibly the best spot for stargazing in all of the U.S. On a given night, 10,000 stars are visible to the naked eye." See the stars like you've never seen them before, with an unforgettable visit to Cherry Springs State Park! Honored with the 2017 PA Wild's "Great Places Award," the park's incredible, awe-inspiring dark skies attract a high volume of astronomers and stargazers for views of the Milky Way, planets, and hard-to-see astronomical objects and phenomena.

Things to do

Stargazing Tips

Plan your trip

Cherry Springs State Park's awe-inspiring dark skies attract a high volume of astronomers and stargazers from all over the world. Visitors seeking a casual viewing experience can visit the Night Sky Viewing area. Those wishing for a guided experience should pre-register for official park events - check the state park events calendar for info! Learn from park staff and special guests at programs like "Lunar Viewing" or "Night Sky Tour: Jupiter & the Maiden." While you can observe the dark skies on your own at the park without attending a program, all visitors should arrive before dark. Please leave pets at home. Dim lighting, sensitive equipment and crowds do not create a pet-friendly environment.

Register for programs

Get inspired! Check the events calendar for stargazing programs.

Camp under the Stars

Explore camping options in state parks and the ANF

Help protect dark skies

Learn how the International Dark-Sky Association is preserving dark skies for future generations.

Take a day hike

Cherry Springs State Park is surrounded by the 262,000-acre Susquehannock State Forest. The Susquehannock Trail is nearby and offers 85 miles of backpacking and hiking.



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