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.
Self-Guided Dark Sky Night Hike (April-October)
The park has extended access to the Skyline Trail leading up to Jefferson Point for a Self-Guided Dark Sky Hike, 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.
Enjoy an after-dark stroll along the illuminated Cedar Creek Trail and under the Natural Bridge. Luminary Nights at Natural Bridge State Park runs two weekends in December. Horse drawn carriage rides run each Sunday night with reservations required!
2023 Guided Dark Sky Night Programs
March 18: New Moon, 8-10pm
April 22: International Dark Sky Week! Lyrids Meteor Shower, 9-11pm
May 6: Eta Aquariids Meteor Shower, 9-11pm
May 26: Memorial Day Weekend, 9-11pm
June 17: New Moon, 9-11pm
June 30: Independence Day Weekend, 9-11pm
July 21: Delta Aquariids Meteor Shower, 9-11pm
August 12: Perseids Meteor Shower, 9-11pm
August 31: Super Blue Moon, 9-11pm
September 15: New Moon, 9-11pm
October 7: Draconids Meteor Shower, 8-10pm
November 17: Leonids Meteor Shower, 7-9pm
December 13: Geminids Meteor Shower, 7-9pm