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Best Places to Stargaze in PA

Stargazing at Cherry Springs State Park

Written in collaboration with visitPA.com as part of their Pursue Your Hominess campaign.

We encourage everyone to enjoy the stars at home for now, but plan to visit some of the most breathtaking skies in Pennsylvania later.  There are several areas across the state to stargaze in the future:

Cherry Springs State Park – Coudersport
Known best for seeing the Northern Lights. On a clear night, see a sky ablaze with up to 30,000 twinkling stars is an unforgettable experience.

Sproul State Forest – Renovo
Offers over 305,400 acres of stargazing bliss. Gaze at the stars above with only the sounds of the woods.

Laurel Hill State Park – Somerset
Perfect place to stargaze on a clear summer night. Enjoy the park’s 1,200-foot sandy beach in the day and turn your eye to the skies at night.

Raystown Lake – Hesston
Stars gleam off the dark waters of Raystown Lake. Stargaze under clear skies surrounded by 8,300 acres of clear waters.

Sara’s Campground (Lake Erie) – Erie
Watch the sun set with blazing colors over Lake Erie then stay to watch the glow of stars and other celestial bodies take over the night sky.

French Creek State Park – Elverson
French Creek State Park has the largest block of contiguous forest between New York City and Washington, D.C making it the perfect place to stargaze in southeastern PA.

Be sure to check each park website for information about hours of operation, details for nighttime observing protocols, current safety restrictions and more.

Resources:

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May 7, 2020, 02:50pm

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