Cherry Springs State Park, Pennsylvania is a grand cherry tree park about 182 miles (290 km) northeast of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. It’s an accredited dark sky park, called “one of the best places in the eastern U.S. for stargazing” by the International Dark Sky Association. The park also celebrates an annual Cherry Springs Star Party, typically held in June. Please note that while camping is allowed, the Night Sky Public Viewing Area is intended for short-term star gazing and is not permitted for overnight stays. Otherwise, if you are a registered Overnight Astronomy Observation Field user, access to the park is available all night. For reservations, visit online or call 888-PA-PARKS, from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday to Saturday.
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