Staying in one of the Cherry Springs State Park hotels gives you access to the nearby 85-mile long Susquehannock Trail, which winds its way through the vast Susquehannock State Forest. However, there are many shorter trails within Cherry Springs State Park which hikers of all abilities can enjoy on their visit.
This easy one-mile hiking route takes you into the heart of the forest. Interpretive signs help keep you on the right path, as well as explaining more about thie history of the park.
If you are staying in one of the Cherry Springs State Park cabins, it is well worth taking a night-time hike to Astronomy Field, a vast area of the park which has been set aside for the purpose of stargazing. Make sure you register in advance and arrive early to get a good spot.
Alternatively, you can take a short hike from the main road to the Night Sky Public Viewing Area, where visitors can just turn up to experience the amazing night sky scenery.
A vacation in Cherry Springs State Park is an experience that children of all ages will never forget. Not only does the park offer a wonderful opportunity to view the night sky in a way that isn't possible in our towns and cities but you can also enjoy the beauty of the Pennsylvania scenery while you are visiting.
Stargazing is the most exhilarating family activity available at Cherry Springs State Park. Even young children will enjoy the chance to stargaze for a couple of hours. Make the most of the park's unique location, high in the Allegheny mountains and far from the light pollution of built-up areas, to indulge in some amateur astronomy.
In daylight hours, you can join one of the local rangers for a guided walk around the park. Their expert knowledge will help you spot some of the local wildlife. You can also sign up for private star tours if you feel like you need some expert astronomical guidance when the sun goes down.
Taking place every August since 1952, this family-friendly show involves demonstrations of lumberjack skills including tree felling, log rolling and even chainsaw sculptures.