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Darkest skies in Pennsylvania - Cherry Springs State ParkAustin Dam Show music fest
Darkest skies in Pennsylvania - Cherry Springs State Park
Lyman Run State Park
Austin Dam Show music fest
PA Lumber Museum

About Potter County

They call it “God’s Country” and after just one visit, it’s easy to see why. With over a million acres of pristine wilderness, eight state parks and nearly half of its land designated as state forest and game lands, Potter County is an outdoor enthusiast’s haven. Filled with small turn-of-the-century style towns, unique historic sites and museums that celebrate a rich history, Potter County has a charm and appeal all its own. Any road you choose will lead you on a trail of history and adventure. Come experience the beauty and serenity of God’s Country!

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The stars seem to shine extra bright in Potter County – especially at Cherry Springs State Park, a recipient of the prestigious Gold Level Dark Sky Park Award from the International Dark Sky Association. As one of the best places in the eastern United States for stargazing and the first dark sky preserve in Pennsylvania, the 48-acre park boasts 0% light pollution and sits atop a 2,300-foot high mountain. The surrounding 262,000-acre Susquehannock State Forest is highly undeveloped and nearby communities are in valleys, shielding any light from affecting your 360-degree view of the night sky. The park’s location provides a great view of the nucleus of the Milky Way Galaxy. The result is an astronomer's paradise!

Just outside the quaint town of Austin sits a vivid reminder of one of Pennsylvania’s worst disasters – the Austin Flood. In 1909, the Austin Dam was constructed on Freeman Run to power the Bayless Papermill downstream. Many wondered if the dam was safe.  On September 30, 1911, Austin found out. Poor construction, coupled with torrential rain, resulted in the dam’s collapse.  Nearly 400 million gallons of water were released, destroying everything for 8 miles.  At least 78 people perished in the tragedy.  It was the second worst flood disaster in Pennsylvania’s history and sixth worst dam failure in U.S. history.  The tragedy sparked new legislation to improve dam safety, and the Austin Dam was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1987.  Despite its tragic past, Austin lives on, and is now known as “the town too tough to die.”  The remains of the dam still stand, surrounded by a 76-acre park, as a tribute to the lives lost in the Austin Flood. Each year, the dam comes alive, lit up with colorful lighting at the Austin Dam Show, an eclectic music festival featuring local and national artists. Don’t miss one of Potter County’s best kept secrets!

Just west of Galeton on Route 6 is the PA Lumber Museum, which preserves and interprets the colorful heritage of the Commonwealth’s prosperous lumber era, when pine and hemlock were the wealth of the nation. Take a tour of the grounds, where a 1912 Shay-gearwed logging locomotive, Barnhart Log Loader, Brookville locomotive and restored Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) Cabin are on display. In 2011, a statue honoring CCC workers and their roles in natural resource conservation was dedicated and placed on display at the museum. Experience the rugged lifestyle of the woodhicks in the re-created logging camp, watch the sawmill turn logs into lumber, and participate in the competitions, games, and festivities enjoyed by woodhicks at the turn of the century at the museum’s annual Barkpeelers Convention.

Nestled in the picturesque valley land of the Northcentral Pennsylvania Wilds on 143 acres, the 18-hole course at the Coudersport Golf Club features 5,785 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 72. With a course rating is 67.7 and slope rating of 115, the course offers a challenging test, yet is playable for golfers of all skill levels. Carts are available for rent and a locker room and pro shop are on site. Wind down and relax in the clubhouse, where you can enjoy great food and drinks in the 19th Hole Lounge or a full dinner menu on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays in the Dining Room. Coudersport Golf Club is a semi-private golf course open for public use.

Kettle Creek Adventures provides lodging and outdoor adventure all in one place. A warm "downhome" atmosphere offers hospitality and comfort away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. At Kettle Creek Adventures, you’ll feel like you’re in another world as you enjoy nature at its very finest.  Onsite equipment rentals and professional guide services allow you to leave your equipment at home and explore the wilds. Canoe or kayak on Kettle Creek, Pine Creek or the Susquehanna River. Take a mountain biking adventure on the Pine Creek Rail Trail. When the snow flies, explore the grounds on snowshoes or snowboard the ravine.  After you’ve explored the great outdoors, enjoy the great indoors of this newly built, three-story lodge furnished with beautiful oak furniture, handmade log beds and wildlife décor. Kettle Creek Adventures offers a variety of lodging accommodations, including a B&B, a family suite and a 2,500 square foot group suite with a hot tub and pool table. Warm up in the winter by the lodge’s stone fireplaces or cool off in the summer on the wrap around deck.

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