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Cherry Springs State Park, Coudersport

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  • Cherry Springs State Park was absolutely beautiful. There were much more stars than I am used to seeing and the surrounding views are stunning as well. My only complaint was that we went during a full...  read more »
  • Easy to find off Rt 44. We set up on the free public access of the Dark Skies facility since we were not staying overnight. Plenty of parking and porta potties. 
  • A must stop and see when in the area during the evening on a beautiful clear night. Perfect area all set up for stargazing. Perfect sky views. One area for the professionals and those staying the nigh...  read more »
  • The most stars visible to the naked eye in the northern hemisphere - and it rained the night we went. Fortunately, the surrounding area is really pretty and it’s a great place to “get away from it all”. We stayed at a bed and breakfast about 10 miles away from the Park (Frosty Hollow) and I would absolutely recommend staying there. Very friendly, breakfast was DELICIOUS, and we made some new retired-biker friends. The town itself shuts down very early; make sure to make restaurant reservations early enough to not eat McDonalds. Though we didn’t get to experience stargazing, we had a great time and plan on returning to see some stars.
  • I enjoyed my experience at Cherry Springs. One of the best places to go stargazing in the north east region due to the very low light pollution. The weekend activities are fun and interesting. It does get a bit chilly though at night, even in the middle of summer. This place is definitely worth checking out!
  • A very unique state park, instead of focusing on hiking trails and camping, this park focuses on the stars. You'll have to drive out into the middle of nowhere, but it'll be worth it. The atmosphere of the park during the day time is quite fun, it's calm and a little odd, what with all the telescope domes scattered around, making the park feel like a lunar base. As night time rolls around, everyone moves to blankets in the sky watching areas to look up. There will probably be someone there giving a little overview of the constellations and planets that are visible. Also, they provide red cellophane and maps and glowsticks, so no need to worry.
  • Absolutely gorgeous when we went - in the middle of the night! The have a dark sky preserve area here which is a large field surrounded by earth mounds to block out as much headlight traffic from the nearby roads as possible. This lets you take a nice camera and a tripod and get amazing star photography. You can also see the Milkyway (where you live) with your naked eye! People with Telescopes were looking at the surfaces of other planets and even tracking the ISS right next to us. Definitely an experience you should have if you're anywhere near there on a good night for it.
  • A truly breath taking view and wonderful memory to create with friends and family. We arrived at the park around 8:30 and they're are different sections. We stayed at the short time viewing area since we couldn't get a spot in the camp grounds. We just pushed the back seat down and set up some comforters and you're all good to go. The short term viewing area has 5 portable washrooms and we didn't see access to water, so it must have been at the camp grounds. No fees were applied to where we stayed. You park the car then walk over to the other side of a small hill. You should pack picnic chairs, some snacks, sweaters and a picnic cloth to relax your feet. They provide you with red paper and elastic bands to put around your devices or flashlights. We stayed up till 3 am and it was such an amazing sight. The sky does not look exactly like the pictures (we saw the milky way like someone sprinkled powder in the y) but definitely no blue, purple yellow hues like the pictures did. You do see A LOT such as beetle juice, the North star, big dipper, andromeda, cassiopea which the park ranger point out using a green lazer to the sky. If you want food, highly recommend you buy if from the town of Olean cause once you pass that, the options are very low. Pump gas to be sure and always pack a jacket and some wet wipes. Since there's no sink it would be better to go prepared. Also, there's no WiFi or service! A truly great place to visit!
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