The Milky Way shines so bright in “God’s Country,” it literally casts your shadow! In most places, people can only see a couple of hundred stars. Here in Potter County, you can see thousands! Visit Cherry Springs State Park to do some serious stargazing! It’s been named the best place on Earth (yep, the whole planet) for stargazing by the Travel Channel and has been designated a Gold Level Dark Sky Park by the International Dark Sky Association.
If you would like to come out and enjoy the magnificent night sky at Cherry Springs and only wish to gaze for a few hours, you may do so at the Night Sky Viewing area located north of Rt. 44 (opposite the gated Astronomy Observation Field). Public parking lots are located here along with several information kiosks and waysides. You may follow the walkway out to the public program area where benches are located and you will be shielded from passing vehicle lights. There is also a backlit summer sky map wayside located on this pathway. Press the button at the lower side of the display to activate the red light.
The Clear Sky Chart is an astronomers forecast. At a glance, shows you if the skies will be cloudy or clear for the next two days. A predictoin of when Cherry Springs will have good weather for observing.
For those wanting a personalized stargazing experience, check out Crystal Spheres Adventures in Stargazing. Spend an evening touring the night sky and come away with a new understanding of the universe in which you reside.