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7 Epic Stargazing Spots in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania is home to more than 20 state forests and 121 state parks that offer endless recreational opportunities under some of the darkest skies. Based on your questions and likes from our latest Instagram Takeover with Hillary Dunning (a nature photographer), we’ve mapped out some top stargazing spots for you to enjoy. Take a gander, you may just be star-struck.

Cherry Spring State Park

 

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Cherry Springs State Park located in Coudersport, PA has exceptionally dark skies with very little light pollution, making it one of the darkest places on the East Coast. Visitors travel far and wide to the park’s Astronomy Field which offers magnificent, unobstructed 360-degree views of tens of thousands of stars and their constellations.

Lyman Run State Park

 

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The sky’s the limit…quite literally! This 595-acre Potter County state park gives plenty of viewing room for stargazing when camping at both modern and rustic campsites available at the park.

Michaux State Forest

 

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Michaux State Forest encompasses more than 85,500 acres in the South Mountain area of Cumberland, Franklin, and Adams Counties. With the perfect campsite, you might just catch the Milky Way Galaxy taking over the sky.

Raystown Lake

 

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Escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and look up at the glistening night sky from the Raystown Lake Region in Huntingdon, PA. You can catch panoramic views of the lake’s clear and calm waters and maybe even Orion’s Belt.

Susquehannock State Forest

 

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With 262,000 acres of optimal sky views, Susquehannock State Forest does not disappoint. For a double whammy, find the brightest stars even with the sun starting to rise.

Ohiopyle State Park

 

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Known for some of the best whitewater rafting on the East Coast, stay the night and be dazzled by the stars under the dark skies of Ohiopyle State Park. Overnight areas are open during specific seasons, and you can even go on a guided star tour where you’ll try to identify some constellations while you hear the stories that accompany them.

Pine Grove Furnace State Park

 

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Steeped in natural and historical features, the 696-acre Pine Grove Furnace State Park is located less than an hour from downtown Harrisburg, Pa. in an area known as South Mountain. Escape the city lights and stay the night at one of the parks’ campsites to enjoy this open star-lit playground.

To find more stargazing spots in Pennsylvania, check out the visitPA website. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram to stay up-to-date on even more great ideas and places to visit around our state. Don’t forget to never miss an update and sign up for our monthly Happy Thoughts e-newsletter