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.
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.
Stargazing and Astronomy
Due to its exceptionally dark skies, Cherry Springs is a great place for Stargazing and astronomy. Explore stargazing and astronomy for more information.
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:
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. Explore history for more information.
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:
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.
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:
Spring board chopping
Standing block chop
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.