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we visited Cherry Springs State park during a recent visit to Coudersport, PA. The evening program began around 9 or 930pm and continued on until after 1030; the program may have continued on even lat... more »
This is a must see for anyone who remotely likes looking at the night sky. Campground is affordable and clean. I've been going here for about five years now. more »
I had never heard of a dark sky state park before, so we registered for the educational program of star gazing. We arrived before dark, brought our camp chairs, red cellophane and rubber bands to cove... more »
We visited Cherry Springs for the first time last weekend and fell completely in love. The sites were perfect for tents, there's no electric but there are water pumps through the the grounds. There is a great trail that runs through the park that I could have walked over and over again. The sky here is like nothing I've ever seen. You feel like your in the clouds during the day and the stars at night are breathtaking. We did have black bear come through our site after a storm so make sure to always keep food and perfume products in your car at night and clean up scraps. We left with some teeth marks in our cooler that we'll use as a reminder.
The sky is amazing if you catch it on a good night. The campground , not so much. There is limited camping so you need to reserve a spot months in advance. Also, the campground is mostly people who don't know how to camp or even set up a tent. The campground has a noise ordinance at 9 at night which is understandable but people will tell you you're not allowed to play music or be "loud" even at 6 pm. This is not a place to get the true camping experience. To get the best experience of Cherry Springs, get a campsite somewhere else that is close to enjoy yourself and then make the drive to check the astronomy field.
Nice place to view the stars at night. Just make sure you go when there are clear skies and the moon is not out to get the best view. The drive along PA 44 from the Coudersport area to the park can be risky at night as you have to watch out for deer and other wildlife. If you are serious on going just make sure you have the optimal viewing conditions before driving out there.
Super fun watching the stars at night. You have to reserve a camp site early, I'd say check a couple months or more early since they're usually booked. You can BBQ by your camp. Use red light and not white light at night when people are star gazing or you'll get yelled at.
IF YOU ARE THINKING OF GOING HERE to see the milky way as seen in pictures on the internet, you will be extremely disappointed and probably very angry. I have been to cherry springs a few times and it is NOTHING like you see in the pictures online. Sure there are more stars than you can see from your house but it is nothing to travel for to see. The milky way is very very faint and you can usually only see a small line of it. The pictures and videos online are heavily edited in photoshop, its all totally fake. Do not waste your money or your time, i went a few times because i was convinced i just went on a bad night, but everytime it was the exact same thing. Trust me when i say you are better off just looking at the fake edited pictures on the internet rather than waste your money going. People usually leave within a half hour or less after they arrive because its so disappointing. Its a big hangout for teenagers who are always very loud too so that makes the disappointing experience even less enjoyable.
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