Cherry Springs State Park


Stargazing and Astronomy

Due to its exceptionally dark skies, Cherry Springs State Park is one of the best places on the eastern seaboard for stargazing and the science of astronomy.


Cherry Springs State Park is nearly as remote and wild today as it was two centuries ago. Night sky enthusiasts flock to the park for its dark skies which are famous for great views of the Milky Way, planets, and hard-to-see astronomical objects and phenomena. Named for the large stands of black cherry trees originally found in the area, the 82-acre state park is surrounded by the 262,000-acre Susquehannock State Forest. The Susquehannock Trail passes nearby and offers 85 miles of backpacking and hiking.

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Stargazing and Astronomy: Due to its exceptionally dark skies, Cherry Springs State Park is popular with stargazers and astronomers. Casual stargazers can visit the Night Sky Viewing area. Those wishing for a longer experience can stay overnight on the Astronomy Field.

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A large log cabin style pavilion sprawls across a hilltop at Cherry Springs State Park, Pennsylvania.Picnicking: The picnic area is south of PA 44. A landmark in the area is the historic log pavilion built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1939. This unusual pavilion features two large, covered dining areas with fireplaces, surrounded by log and chink walls. The areas are connected together by a covered breezeway that also contains picnic tables. Surrounding the pavilion are huge white pine and Norway spruce trees and an old apple orchard where picnic tables and charcoal grills are available.

Hunting and Firearms: Cherry Springs provides access to hunting in Susquehannock State Forest.

The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and the Pennsylvania Game Commission rules and regulations apply.

Use extreme caution with firearms at all times. Other visitors use the park during hunting seasons. Firearms and archery equipment used for hunting may be uncased and ready for use only in authorized hunting areas during hunting seasons. In areas not open to hunting or during non-hunting seasons, firearms and archery equipment shall be kept in the owner’s vehicle or enclosed trailer. Exceptions include: law enforcement officers and individuals with a valid Pennsylvania License to Carry Firearms are authorized to carry a firearm concealed on their person while they are within a state park.

Complete information on hunting rules and regulations in Pennsylvania is available from the Pennsylvania Game Commission Web site.

Cherry Springs Working Forest Interpretive Trail: 1 mile, easiest hiking
This hiking trail begins by the information kiosk and features wayside exhibits on forests and forestry practices. Largely taken for granted, the forest is actually an essential part of our lives. From forest products we use every day to filtering water that we drink, the working forest provides many environmental, social and economic benefits. Walk the self-guided trail to learn more.

Vibrant orange, yellow and red autumn-colored leaves are a background for a campsite at Cherry Springs State Park, Pennsylvania.Stay the Night

Camping: vault toilets
There are 30 campsites and a sanitary dump station. All sites include a picnic table, lantern hanger and fire ring. The campground is open from the second Friday in April and closes in November. Pets are prohibited in the campground.

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Environmental Education and Interpretation

Cherry Springs State Park offers a wide variety of environmental education and interpretive programs year-round. Through guided walks, hands-on activities, and campfire programs, visitors gain appreciation and awareness toward the natural and historical resources.

Weather permitting, a park educator or guest speaker presents public stargazing programs on the airport side of the park. Some of the programs are a partnership with the National Public Observatory as part of the Stars-n-Parks program. These free programs are available throughout the summer. Program schedules are published in the local paper and on the Cherry Springs State Park Web site.

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Woodsmen's Show

In 1952, the first Woodsmen’s Show at Cherry Springs State Park attracted a crowd of 4,000 people. Today, the annual Woodsmen’s Show attracts thousands of spectators for the early August event. The show features lumberjack contests in tree-felling, log rolling, spring board chopping, standing block chop and chain-saw events.

Access for People with Disabilities

The ADA symbol indicates that this activity or structure is ADA accessible.If you need an accommodation to participate in park activities due to a disability, please contact the park you plan to visit.