A 2,400-acre park offers woodlands, meadows and shoreline along the Dan and Staunton rivers. Cabins built in the 1930s by the CCC and a campground offer overnight lodging. This park is the first state park in Virginia to be designated an International Dark Sky Park and is ideal for stargazing. “Great rental cabins, good tent sites, and helpful park staff. An easy drive from Raleigh and Greensboro, North Carolina. It’s really dark there, surprisingly dark, so close to small- and medium-sized cities! While the park is heavily forested, it has big wide meadows where you can lie flat and see beautifully. My 17-year-old grandson never knew that the sky is truly blanketed with stars. Seeing is fine with the naked eye, but binoculars enhance the experience. Because it’s an International Dark Sky Site, the people and facilities cater to stargazers.”
Deborah Byrd created the EarthSky radio series in 1991 and EarthSky.org in 1994. Today, she serves as Editor-in-Chief of this website. She has won a galaxy of awards from the broadcasting and science communities, including having an asteroid named 3505 Byrd in her honor. A science communicator and educator since 1976, Byrd believes in science as a force for good in the world and a vital tool for the 21st century. "Being an EarthSky editor is like hosting a big global party for cool nature-lovers," she says.