The absence of light pollution and the extreme darkness of the night sky have astronomers proclaiming Cherry Springs to be the best choice in the northeastern United States for amateur stargazing. Cherry Springs State Park offers a large observation field set atop a mountain with a 360-degree view of the sky. Under ideal conditions over 6000 stars can be seen. The Milky Way is seen with uncommon detail and clarity. Stars can be seen all the way to the horizon giving the awesome impression that the sky is literally a carpet of stars. The fields also affords astronomers a ciew of near space objects such as satellites, iridium flares, as well as the planets and moons within our own solar system. Distant galaxies, colorful nebulae, comets, and other deep space objects are often observed and photographed with amazing clarity at Cherry Springs. It has also been the site for observing rarely occurring phenomena such as meteor showers, and the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights).
It is estimated that less than 10 percent of Americans are able to view the night sky in its natural state unimpaired by light pollution. In a typical city only 200-300 stars would be visible on a clear night. In April of 2000, DCNR recognized the importance of the dark night sky as a viable resource and designated Cherry Springs as the first Dark Sky Park.