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 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.

Delta Aquarids Metior Shower and New Moon
: 7/28/22, 9-11 pm
Perseids Meteor Shower:
8/12/22, 9-11 pm
New Moon:
8/27/22, 9-11 pm
Full Corn Moon:
9/10/22, 9-11 pm
Milky Way and Equinox Celebration:
9/24/21, 9-11 pm

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! 2022 dates TBA.

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