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Cherry Springs State Park

Cherry Springs State Park is nearly as remote and wild today as it was two centuries ago.

Named for the large stands of black cherry trees originally found in the area, the 82-acre state park is surrounded by the 262,000-acre Susquehannock State Forest. The Susquehannock Trail passes nearby and offers 85 miles of backpacking and hiking.

Night sky enthusiasts flock to the park for its dark skies which are famous for great views of the Milky Way, planets, and hard-to-see astronomical objects and phenomena.

Seasons and Hours

The park is open every day of the year, sunrise to sunset. Day use areas close at dusk. The Astronomy Field is open to registered users all night.

Contact the Lyman Run State Park office for facility seasons and hours.

 

Directions

Cherry Springs State Park is in on PA 44 in Potter County.

GPS DD:  Lat. 41.66384  Long. -77.82321

 

Driving Directions: The Interactive GIS Map has turn-by-turn driving directions to the park office from the Park Information Window.

Please note that the background maps are maintained by a variety of public sources and driving directions usually go to the nearest large road.

Dark Skies at Cherry Springs

Due to its exceptionally dark skies, Cherry Springs State Park is one of the best places on the eastern seaboard for stargazing and the science of astronomy, which is the study and observation of:

  • Planets
  • Nebulae
  • Galaxies
  • Stars
  • Other heavenly bodies

A dark night sky is a natural resource, just like plants, waterways, and wildlife. Recognizing this unique resource needed to be managed and protected, during 2000, DCNR declared Cherry Springs State Park its first Dark Sky Park.

Environmental Education and Interpretation

Cherry Springs State Park offers a wide variety of environmental education and interpretive programs year-round. Visitors gain appreciation and awareness toward the natural and historical resources through:

  • Guided walks
  • Hands-on activities
  • Campfire programs

Weather permitting, a park educator or guest speaker presents public stargazing programs on the airport side of the park. Some of the programs are a partnership with the National Public Observatory as part of the Stars-n-Parks program.

These free programs are available throughout the summer. Program schedules are published in the local paper and here, at the Cherry Springs State Park website.

Woodsmen's Show

During 1952, the first Woodsmen’s Show at Cherry Springs State Park attracted a crowd of 4,000 people.

Today, the annual Woodsmen’s Show attracts thousands of spectators for the early August event. The show features lumberjack contests in:

  • Tree-felling
  • Log rolling
  • Spring board chopping
  • Standing block chop
  • Chain-saw events

Access for People with Disabilities

This activity or structure is ADA accessible. If you need an accommodation to participate in park activities due to a disability, please contact the park you plan to visit.

In an Emergency

Call 911 and contact a park employee.

Directions to the nearest hospital are posted on bulletin boards.

Nearest Hospital

Cole Memorial
1001 East Second Street
Coudersport, PA 16915
814-274-9300

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Cherry Springs State Park