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“so dark”

Cherry Springs State Park
Ranked #1 of 13 things to do in Coudersport
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed 26 October 2013

Me and my wife Nancy drive 5 hours from Philadelphia every August to watch the Perseid meteor shower. This is the only place that I have seen shooting stars with a vapor trail. Sometimes it is cloudy and sometimes the moon can be a distraction. In August 2013 we had perfect conditions. Very few clouds and the moon was gone by 10:30pm. It is extremely dark at night and temperatures tend to plummet. Here we are in August and it is 54 degrees so bring a jacket and long pants. Parking is a bit limited so I recommend getting there before it gets dark as it gets crowded during these meteor showers. The good thing is there is a ton of open space to take a blanket and lay out in the field to watch the stars fall. Or you can sit among the other people on the benches that are there. Also there is a nice little bathroom available which uses red light. The red light is definitely something to experience. Red light flashlights are a must if you want to see where you are walking. There is no fee at the main viewing field. There is also an observation field where you can set up your telescope and it will be protected from the wind making the telescope shake-proof. You can stay there as long as you want and some people set up tents. The roads to get to this park are also dark and there is wildlife everywhere. We almost hit a deer on our last trip and we have seen many porcupines and even saw a raccoon sitting in the middle of the street.

7  Thank Wayne P
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Reviewed 19 October 2013

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We were there on Oct. 5, 2013 to see the "Dark Sky" and the constellations, but the clouds did not cooperate. So, our presenter used the outdoor screen and his computer to show us what we would have seen. At the end he did use his laser pointer to show us a few stars and one or two constellations when the clouds moved alittle. There was someone in the crowd who has been coming to the "Dark Skies" @ Cherry Springs for twelve years. The DCNR person did a great presentation. It was SO dark and using the red lights and keeping the white lights out. Make sure you visit on a new moon and with no clouds. Be prepared for walking in the dark with your flashlight with the red light or red cover. Would go here again.

1  Thank Yellows2neTraveler
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Reviewed 7 October 2013

Excellent place to visit for a night adventure. Cherry Springs is known for its star gazing because it is pitch black and there is no light pollution. The park offers both public gazing or you can rent a small observatory for a nominal fee. The park rangers are also extremely knowledge and helpful in pointing out constellations.

2  Thank Rasheda V
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Reviewed 22 September 2013

This summer was my second year in a row camping here. Campsites are first come first serve and they do fill up during dark sky events so get there earlier than later. Sites have fire pits, picnic tables and ample space. The camp site area is basic which I like. Restroom facility only (no showers) and water spout. Once it gets dark the sky becomes magical and is an absolute must see. I encourage everyone I know to visit. It is like nothing I've seen before. I was able to see the Milky Way and Saturn! Incredible! No hiking paths or swimming in the immediate area but the sky is the main attraction anyway and well worth the trip. Walk across the road to the astronomy field where no lights are permitted and admire the stars from an even darker spot.

5  Thank KB003
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Reviewed 18 September 2013

We went to Cherry Springs over the weekend. It was so cloudy that the moon was hardly visible. We will have to try to see the stars again on the next visit. By the way, it was SUPER dark...which was fun but scary. Oh, and an animal ran by our car...it was too dark to identify it!

3  Thank H J
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