Starry Nights at Natural Bridge State Park
Natural Bridge State Park was designated an International Dark Sky Park in April 2021, possessing an exceptional quality of starry nights and a nocturnal environment that is specifically protected for its scientific, natural, educational, cultural heritage, and/or public enjoyment.
The park has extended access to the Skyline Trail leading up to Jefferson Point for Skyline Stargazing, a series of dates when the sky is best showcased from Natural Bridge State Park. The Skyline Trail features several elevated locations with low horizons for an unimpeded view. Dates for extended access are chosen based on their proximity to new moons, major lunar events, and astronomical events like meteor showers. Parking fees still apply and optical devices, like telescopes and binoculars, must be carried under your own power on the trail. Please be courteous and maintain social distancing.
New Moon: 9/7/21, 5pm-11:45pm
Neptune at Opposition: 9/14/21, 5pm-11:45pm
New Moon: 10/6/21, 5pm-11:45pm
Draconid Meteor Shower: 10/7/21, 5pm-11:45pm
Venus at Greatest Eastern Elongation: 10/29/21, 5pm-11:45pm
New Moon: 11/4/21, 5pm-11:45pm
Uranus at Opposition: 11/5/21, 5pm-11:45pm
New Moon: 12/4/21, 5pm-11:45pm
Enjoy an after-dark stroll along the illuminated Cedar Creek Trail and under the Natural Bridge. Luminary Nights at Natural Bridge State Park run two weekends in December: 12/10/21–12/12/21 AND 12/17/21–12/19/21 from 5pm-9pm. Horse drawn carriage rides run each Sunday night with reservations required!