True West Virginia Nightlife: Stargazing Hot Spots

The Mountain State is known for its incredible scenic beauty and outdoor adventure opportunities, but did you know it’s a hot spot for stargazing? From remote locations to county parks, visit these places for glimpses of the stars above us:

Spruce Knob

Of course, Spruce Knob is known for being the state’s highest peak but its also a prime spot for stargazing. Hike to the observation tower of this “dark sky” destination for incredible views of the galaxy. On clear nights, vivid details of the Milky Way can be seen by the naked eye. This sounds like the perfect destination for a warm, breezy summer night!

Green Bank Observatory

Stop by the National Radio Astronomy Observatory for a tour and learn about the amazing Green Bank Telescope, which stands at nearly 500 feet and weighs 17 million pounds. Here, you can simply lay down and watch the starry show above you or attend one of their monthly star parties where they roll out the optical telescopes for a dark sky viewing.

Calhoun County Park

This secret spot is home to annual dark skies parties. This is a beloved spot for amateur stargazers to bring out their telescopes and enjoy West Virginia’s true nightlife. Here you can spot the Milky Way on clear nights, and if you’re lucky you might get to see the Aurora Borealis, or the Northern Lights!

Cranberry Glades

Stroll along the boardwalk of the area and take in the beauty that surrounds you from all angles. Cranberry Glades is the ultimate stargazing location thanks to its distance from city lights. Here you’ll be able to enjoy views of the entire starry sky above.

Stargazing newbie? Try taking a Sky Tour with WV Sky Tours. Your tour will take place at a dark sky site in Renick just 20 miles north of beautiful Lewisburg. On clear nights look out for the Milky Way, meteors, satellites, faint nebula and you might even learn a thing or two while you’re there.

Which location are you going to go stargazing?

This post was last updated on August 3, 2020