Inspiring awe and delight, Dark Skies is home to the world’s second certified International Dark-Sky Park. Cherry Springs State Park is world-famous for being one the best places in the USA for stargazing and the study of astronomy. But these mesmerizing, star-filled skies are JUST the beginning.
Named The Most Beautiful Spot in Every U.S. State by MSN Travel in 2017: "Pennsylvania: 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.
Unplug from devices and reconnect with nature, at the state-of-the-art Park Office and Wildlife Center at Sinnemahoning State Park. This LEED-certified green building introduces visitors to the Pennsylvania Wilds through family friendly exhibits and interpretive displays. Peer into an eagle’s nest, crawl through a bear’s cave or simply sit and enjoy a book, the Wildlife Center at Sinnemahoning State Park has something for everyone.
The largest in the state forest system, Sproul covers 305,450 acres, or slightly more than 476 square miles.
Learn how Pennsylvania became a global leader in forest products, and how today’s sustainable forestry practices are helping to ensure we have healthy forests for both industry and recreation for generations to come.
Nestled in a valley in Austin, PA in the Dark Skies landscape, along the winding stream of Freeman Run, is the ruins of the Bayless Paper Mill - known today as the Austin Dam. In 1911, the dam broke and water flooded much of the town of Austin claiming over 78 lives. The Austin Dam Memorial park is a beautiful natural park that honors an important history. Photo by: Aerial Renegade / AlexanderRenn Photography
The Susquehannock State Forest derives its name from the Susquehannock Indian tribe, which at one time inhabited practically most of the Pennsylvania Wilds. The 265,000 acre state forest offers some of the best opportunities for both experienced and inexperienced hikers to enjoy Pennsylvania’s scenic woodlands. Hunting is probably the biggest recreational activity on the forest. Other than a few safety zones around buildings, hunting is permitted throughout the state forest.
Explore the outdoors and take in the views! Hyner Run State Park carves a small valley from the surrounding steep mountains, creating a natural haven for outdoor adventures. The park is entirely surrounded by Pennsylvania’s largest state forest, Sproul State Forest. Nearby Hyner View State Park offers one of the most popular scenic vistas in the entire Pennsylvania Wilds, attracting many for the spectacular view alone.
Year Round Ideas
Music fans gather at the revered Austin Dam, where the remains of a giant dam that cracked in 1911 and flooded the town of Austin still stand. Called the “town too tough to die,” Austin annually hosts a classic rock concert and light show in late August to celebrate their small community and share a remarkable historic landmark.Learn more
Fall is big and beautiful all across the Dark Skies landscape, with brilliant reds, outrageous oranges and vibrant yellows. Celebrate Autumn in Renovo at the Flaming Foliage Leaf festival, held annually in October.Learn more
Model railroad club winter open house running through December and January, featuring family-friendly model train exhibits, including Thomas & Friends, and other railroad memorabilia and artifacts. Free admission!Learn more
This seemingly endless road-tripper’s paradise also includes the Bucktail Scenic Byway and Scenic Route 6, with winding and wooded roads that connect to dozens of detours worth pursuing like the Pennsylvania Lumber Museum, where you can learn about the PA Wilds’ rich lumbering history and sustainable forestry practices of today.
During the day, take in the epic mountain view at Hyner View State Park. If you’re lucky and weather conditions are right, you might get to meet some hang gliders, and experience a close-up view of them taking flight, soaring through the air and landing at the base of the mountain.
Feeling fit and adventurous? Register early to run the always-sold-out mountain trail race the Hyner View Trail Challenge, the first run of the Pennsylvania Triple Crown of Mountain Running. Feeling fit, adventurous AND looking to test your limits? Only the bravest endure the Frozen Snot trail challenge further south in McElhattan, Clinton County. The name says it all – combine some of the toughest terrain in central Pennsylvania with the worst of winter weather, and you’ll quickly learn why many consider it among the most challenging trail races in the United States.
Want trails at a slower pace? Explore the 85 mile-loop of the Susquehannock Trail System, popular in all four seasons for cross-country skiing, backpacking, hiking and mountain biking. Looking for a different kind of wild? Disconnect from devices, and get up close and personal with Wilds wildlife at the state-of-the-art Wildlife Center at Sinnemahoning State Park.
Home to nine state parks and the sprawling Sproul and Susquehannock state forests, Dark Skies is an adventurous and enlightening experience all year, day, and night long.
Headquartered in Wellsboro, the Potter-Tioga Visitor’s Bureau provides traveler resources and itineraries for the Dark Skies Landscape. Stop by their location to purchase local products and pick up regional maps.
The Clinton County Visitor’s Bureau is the southern entry point to the Dark Skies Landscape, and provides visitors with itineraries and travel tips for Dark Skies adventures including Hyner View State Park.
The Pennsylvania Great Outdoors (PAGO) provides traveler resources and itineraries for a 6 county region that covers the south-western portion of the Dark Skies Landscape that includes Sinnemahoning State Park and Wildlife Center. PAGO offers expert elk viewing tips, road trips, special events and more.
In the area
Barton Street School
The Barton Street School House is a one room schoolhouse dating from 1874. It was transferred to the Historical Society in 1995 and houses memorabilia from local fire companies, early 20th century Lo... |
Broken Axe Brew House Inc.
The Broken Axe Brew House is Lock Haven's premier 21+ adult venue focusing on Pennsylvania craft beer. 21 Taps dedicated to Pennsylvanian craft beers rotating daily and locally sourced scratch made pu... | 429 E. Bald Eagle St. Lock Haven PA 17745
Bucktail State Park
Bucktail State Park Natural Area provides a beautiful 75-mile scenic drive along PA 120 from Emporium, through Renovo, to Lock Haven. It stretches through a narrow valley which has for years been call... | 260 Sizerville Road Emporium PA 15834
Cherry Springs State Park
Cherry Springs State Park is nearly as remote and wild today as it was two centuries ago. Its dark skies make it a haven for astronomers. Named for the large stands of black cherry trees in the park, ... | 454 Lyman Run Road Galeton PA 16922
Denton Hill State Park
Denton Hill State park is located in the upper reaches of the Pennsylvania Wilds. Situated on the northern slope of Denton Hill, the park’s elevation ranges from 1800 to 2400 feet above sea-level. T... | 454 Lyman Run Road Galeton PA 16922
By 1857, six iron furnaces had been constructed in Clinton County. Of these, only two remain -- one at Farrandsville, located 5.2 miles north of Lock Haven, and the other on state forest land accessib... |
Gateway Café.... more than just a coffee shop! While we have a great variety of specialty coffees, lattes, flavored teas & lemonades, smoothies, frappes, We also offer Homemade soups, awesome sandwi... | 1145 Allegheny St. Jersey Shore PA 17740
I'm Jule, pronounced "Julie" and these are my creations. Jules Artwear started a long time ago when my kids were very young. Working from my home studio, doing lots of arts festivals and having a mal... | 38 W Fourth St Williamsport PA 17701
Heisey House Museum & The Poorman Gallery
The Clinton County Historical Society (CCHS) was founded in 1921 by a small group of concerned citizens dedicated to preserving local history. In the ensuing years, CCHS has grown much larger but cont... | 362 East Water Street Lock Haven Pennsylvania 17745
Hyner Run State Park
The stream Hyner Run carves a small valley from the surrounding steep mountains, creating a cozy, quiet place for an outdoor adventure. The park is entirely surrounded by Sproul State Forest, Pennsylv... | 86 Hyner Park Road North Bend PA 17760-9525
Hyner View State Park
This small park features one of the nicest overlooks in the Pennsylvania Bureau of State Parks and is popular for hang gliding.The overlook wall was originally built in the 1930's by the Civilian Cons... | Hyner PA 17738-0046
Kathleen Schnell, Cottage Glassworks
Cottage Glassworks is my Fused Glass Art Studio, all my life I have worked with art and creating, this has been my dream. I am very blessed to offer fused glass night lights, dishes and larger displ... | 13 Dantz Run Road Ext. Wellsboro PA 16901
Kettle Creek State Park
Kettle Creek State Park consists of 1,793 acres along Kettle Creek in western Clinton County. The park is in a valley surrounded by mountainous terrain and wilderness. There is an abundance of wildlif... | 97 Kettle Creek Park Lane Renovo PA 17764-9708
Lyman Run State Park
The 595-acre Lyman Run State Park is in scenic Potter County. Maples and cherries dominate a mixed northern hardwood forest that surrounds the 45-acre Lyman Run Lake, making a most scenic setting. | 454 Lyman Run Road Galeton PA 16922-9301
Miller's Purely Maple
We are a family-run maple farm operating in Tioga County. Our sugar bush encompasses over five-hundred acres and seven thousand taps, and the sap collected from our trees is processed into quality map... | 2766 Hills Creek Lake RD Wellsboro Pennsylvania 16901
Odd Fellas is a craft hamburger restaurant featuring delicious burgers, fries, and shakes. | 101 East Main Street Lock Haven PA 17745
Ole Bull State Park
Ole Bull State Park consists of 132 acres along the Kettle Creek Valley in Potter County. This area is called the Black Forest because of its once dense tree cover, mountainous terrain and wilderness ... | 31 Valhalla Lane Cross Fork PA 17729-9701
The Pajama Factory – located in a rejuvenated, historic factory complex in Williamsport, Pennsylvania – is a community of people who have come together to build off of each other’s strengths and... | 1307 Park Avenue Williamsport PA 17701
patinaz is the home of Jules Artwear and Simply Sterling Designs. Two fun jewelry girls bringing the traveling show to a brick & mortar gallery in downtown Williamsport. Featuring fabulous all handc... | 38 W Fourth St Williamsport PA 17701
Patterson State Park
Located in a remote area, Patterson has two rustic picnic pavilions for visitors to enjoy a quiet lunch. Patterson is a trailhead for the Susquehannock Trail, a favorite of backpackers. | 454 Lyman Run Road Galeton PA 16922
Pennsylvania Lumber Museum Store
The Pennsylvania Lumber Museum store (known as the Foreman's Room) is stocked with numerous souvenir items, hand-made wooden objects and natural products unique to the area. The shop is open during no... | 5660 US Route 6, MP 188 Ulysses PA 16948
Pine Creek Outfitters, Inc
Established in 1984. Pine Creek Outfitters takes pride in helping you experience the natural wonder of this great region, and show you great skill, professionalism, and concern for your outdoor ex... | 5142 Route 6 Wellsboro Pennsylvania 16901
Prouty Place State Park
The five-acre Prouty Place State Park is five miles southwest of PA 44 along Long Toe Road. This remote park offers access to hunting, fishing and hiking within the surrounding Susquehannock State For... | 454 Lyman Run Road Galeton PA 16922
Simply Sterling Designs
Jewelry made from sterling silver, gemstones and freshwater pearls. You will also find some 14k goldfilled and torch fired enamaled pieces mixed in. | 38 W. Fourth St. Williamsport PA 17701
Susquehannock State Forest
Susquehannock State Forest derives its name from the Susquehannock tribe that once inhabited the region. It comprises 265,000 acres in Potter, Clinton and McKean counties. The forest grows some of the... |
The Station Gallery
The Station Gallery, home of the Clinton County Arts Council, features fine art exhibits alongside local artisans' paintings, sculpture, jewelry, photography, pottery, prints and more. They also offer... | 2 E. Bald Eagle St. Lock Haven PA 17745
I am a self taught watercolor artist. My style is realism and I especially enjoy painting the wildlife and flora around my log cabin studio. I also love teaching all ages and seeing the surprise and d... | 7-9 Main St Coudersport PA 16948
The Victoria Theatre has been entertaining the residents of Tioga County since the early 1900's. A recent restoration has brought this one screen movie theater back to life. Digital projection a... | 222 Main Street Blossburg PA 16912
Wild Air Yoga
Wild Air Yoga is a small locally owned yoga studio nestled in the heart of the Pa Wilds, in Cameron County. At Wild Air yoga we strive to bring the healing factors of yoga and the great outdoors toget... | 107 Cherry St. Suite 2 Emporium Pa 15834
Castanea Railroad Station
Much of Clinton County's History is tied to railroads. Local railroads carrying logs, coal, and passengers joined with larger systems, providing endless market potential. The former Lock Haven Station... |
Dancing Bear Lodge
Rustic elegance is a way to describe this lodge located in the heart of Pennsylvania just off I80. If you are looking for a comfortable place where you can enjoy the Wilds, interact with Old Order Am... | 2367 East Winter Road Loganton PA 17747
Frosty Hollow Bed and Breakfast
Frosty Hollow is a 10 room B & B in Potter County that has been in business for 25 years. We have a gift shop - the Country Mercantile - that our guests and the community enjoy! | 1077 CHERRY SPRINGS RD COUDERSPORT Pa 16915
La Belle Auberge Bed & Breakfast
Welcome to La Belle Auberge, a grand Victorian B&B built in 1907, located on the beautiful gas-lit boulevard in the heart of Wellsboro, only minutes from the scenic Pennsylvania Grand Canyon and Rails... | 129 Main Street Wellsboro PA 16901
A warm and friendly country Lodge on scenic Route 6. Accommodations for groups of up to 40 people in private and semi-private rooms. Enjoy cross country skiing, hiking, stargazing or kick back and r... | 5039 US Route 6 West Ulysses PA 16948
Denton Hill State Park
Although the park is closed for downhill skiing, the park remains open to hiking, cross-country skiing, and organized events. Please see the event calendar for upcoming events. There is limited cell phone coverage within the park depending on the provider. While you're here, head across Route 6 and check out the Pennsylvania Lumber Museum.
Cherry Springs State Park
Attendance at astronomy programs is limited; visitors must register in advance. Camping on the astronomy field is also very limited and must be reserved well in advance.
Ole Bull State Park
Ole Bull State Park has no cell phone and no WiFi coverage. Coverage may be found with in a 10 mile drive of the park. The nearest gas is 1-8 miles from the park and may have limited hours so fueling up in advance is recommended. Firewood is available for sale. Campsites should be reserved in advance for holidays and special events like the Kid's Fishing Derby and Cross Fork Snake Hunt. Bring all necessary supplies for camping activities and food as the nearest stores are 18 miles and may have limited hours.
Kettle Creek State Park
Do not rely on MapQuest or similar programs for directions - they may direct you to dirt or unmaintained roads - use a paper map or call for directions. Cell and texting is available to those who have Verizon and the newer model phones. WiFi is not available. The nearest gas station is 15 miles away and may have limited hours - fuel up in advance. Firewood is not available for sale on site. Bring all necessary supplies for camping or activities - the nearest grocery store and Dollar General is 15 miles and may have limited hours. Campsites should be reserved in advance for holiday weekends, first weekend of trout season and Flaming Foliage weekend in October. Activities: Biking, Camping, Environmental Education and Interpretation, Fishing, Hiking, Hunting, Pavilion, Picnicking, Water Activities, Wildlife Viewing, Winter Activities
Clinton County Visitors Bureau
The Clinton County Visitors Bureau is the tourist promotion agency for Clinton County. We offer maps on local trails and brochures on area attractions; guidance on trip planning, lodging and dining; a... | 212 North Jay Street, PO Box 506 Lock Haven PA 17745
When you visit Tioga and Potter Counties, you'll find a wealth of things to do and see - from internationally-renowned dark skies to the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon and 63-mile Pine Creek Rail Trail, to... | 2053 Route 660 Wellsboro PA 16901
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