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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.

The Cherry Springs Rustic Campground is open the second Friday of April through the last weekend in October.

The Night Sky Public Viewing Area is intended for short term (a few hours or less) star gazing and is not permitted for overnight stays.

The Overnight Astronomy Observation Field is open to registered users all night.

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


Make online reservations or call toll-free 888-PA-PARKS, from 7:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M., Monday to Saturday.

A Pennsylvania map that shows the location of Cherry Springs State Park 


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

GPS DD:  Lat. 41.66384  Long. -77.82321

A circular map that shows the roads surrounding Cherry Springs State Park 

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.

Learn, Experience, Connect

Cherry Springs State Park offers a wide variety of environmental education programs year round. Visitors gain appreciation and awareness toward the natural and historical resources through guided walks and hands-on activities.

Weather permitting, a park educator or guest speaker presents public stargazing programs in the Night Sky Public Viewing Area and amphitheater.

These free programs are available throughout the summer. Program schedules are published in the local paper and at DCNR's calendar of events.

Woodsmen Show

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

Today, the annual Woodsmen 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

1001 East Second Street
Coudersport, PA 16915

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