Dark Skies

World-famous skies

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.

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Cherry Springs State Park

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.

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Sinnemahoning State Park and Wildlife Center

Disconnect from devices, and connect with wildlife at the state-of-the-art Wildlife Center at Sinnemahoning State Park, which includes kid friendly exhibits, opportunities to view wildlife, a life-size replica of a Bald Eagle nest, and sprawling views surrounding. Learn about green building design too – the Center is LEED Certified.

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Sproul State Forest

The largest in the state forest system, Sproul covers 305,450 acres, or slightly more than 476 square miles.

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The Pennsylvania Lumber Museum

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.

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The Susquehannock State Forest

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.

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Hyner Run and Hyner View State Parks

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.

Learn about our Awe-Inspiring Night Skies

Look up with a sense of wonder! See the stars like you've never seen them before, with unforgettable astronomy programs and camping opportunities at Cherry Springs State Park. Pre-registration is required for these special events.

Year Round Ideas

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Summer
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Winter

Maple Weekend in March

For anyone with a sweet tooth, March is for Maple with the annual Maple Weekend across Potter and Tioga counties.

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Austin PA Dam Show

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.

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Flaming Foliage Festival Leaf

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.

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Clinton Central Model Railroad Club

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!

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About Dark Skies

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.

Plan Your Trip

Our local tourism partners provide on-the-ground tips, maps, itineraries and more.

 

Visit Potter-Tioga Pennsylvania

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.

Clinton County Visitor’s Bureau

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.

 

Pennsylvania Great Outdoors

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

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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...


Vaughn, Jessie

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

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

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

Tioga County Visitors Bureau

When you visit Tioga County, you'll find a wealth of things to do and see. Be sure to stop in our Visitor Center on Route 660 west of Wellsboro - on the way to the East Rim of the PA Grand Canyon! Vis...

2053 Route 660
Wellsboro PA 16901