Wide open spaces surrounded by rugged mountain beauty and far away from light pollution, West Virginia’s state parks and forests are home to some of the best stargazing spots on the east coast. From brilliant starry night skies to catching a glimpse of the Milky Way’s galactic core, stunning night sky views await in Almost Heaven.

Dark Sky Park Designation

Watoga State Park, Calvin Price State Forest and Droop Mountain Battlefield State Park have been designated official Dark Sky Parks by the International Dark-Sky Association (IDA). These three areas are the first official International Dark Sky Park designations in the state. Watoga State Park offers Dark Sky programming and activities for all three areas. No matter which park you visit, stunning stargazing opportunities await.

Top Stargazing Spots

Lost River State Park

A perfect destination for a remote retreat, Lost River State Park is a place where you can escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life and enjoy beautiful night skies. At Lost River State Park, you can view millions of stars and watch the Milky Way rise over five counties in two states. Comfy cabins await at Lost River.

Seneca State Forest

Unobstructed night sky views await at Seneca State Forest. In fact, the 65-foot Thorny Mountain Fire Tower is a popular location to stargaze. For a truly one-of-a-kind stargazing experience stay in the Thorny Mountain Fire Tower and surround yourself with stars. You can also stay in one of the parks cozy cabins or camp out at one of the scenic campsites at Seneca State Forest.

Watoga State Park

Located in the secluded mountains of Pocahontas County, Watoga State Park is one of the most popular stargazing spots in the state. With very little light pollution, Watoga provides perfect stargazing conditions. Spend the night in one of Watoga’s comfy cabins or campsites tucked away in the woods. One-of-a-kind views await at Watoga State Park. You won’t want to miss out on them.

Blackwater Falls State Park

Set high in the Allegheny Mountains, Blackwater Falls State Park is far from any city lights that would dim its night sky, making it an ideal place for stargazing. Surrounded by stunning views from all angles, Blackwater Falls lodge rooms, cabins and campsites are the perfect accommodations for stargazing getaways. Start planning your next heavenly getaway.

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