Beginning at 12:00 Noon on Thursday May 30th, 2019 until 12:00, Noon, Sunday, June 2nd, 2019, the Overnight Astronomy Observation Field will be closed for registrants of the annual Cherry Springs Star Party, sponsored by the Astronomical Society of Harrisburg (ASH). All visitors to the Overnight Astronomy Observation Field must register for the event through the ASH at https://www.astrohbg.org/. The Cherry Springs campground is still open to all visitors and can be reserved at https://pennsylvaniastateparks.reserveamerica.com or by calling 1-888-PAPARKS.
**All visitors must vacate the Overnight Astronomy Observation Field no later than 3:00 PM on Sunday, July 28th 2019 in preparation of the Cherry Springs 2019 68th Annual Woodsmen Show. Astronomers
may not occupy the Overnight Astronomy Observation Field
until after 5:00 PM Tuesday, August 6th 2019.**
Beginning at 12:00 Noon on Friday, September 27th, 2019 until Noon, Sunday, September 29th, 2019, the Overnight Astronomy Observation Field will be closed for registrants of the annual Black Forest Star Party, sponsored by the Central Pennsylvania Observers (CPO). All visitors to the Overnight Astronomy Observation Field must register for the event through the CPO at http://bfsp.org/. The Cherry Springs campground is still open to all visitors and can be reserved at https://pennsylvaniastateparks.reserveamerica.com or by calling 1-888-PAPARKS.
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 campground is open a specific season.
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.
Lyman Run State Park office for facility seasons and hours.
online reservations or call toll-free 888-PA-PARKS, from 7:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M., Monday to Saturday.
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:
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:
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.
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:
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.
In an Emergency
Call 911 and contact a park employee.
Directions to the nearest hospital are posted on bulletin boards.
1001 East Second Street
Coudersport, PA 16915