This State May Be the Best-Kept Secret for Stargazing

As any stargazer knows, inky-black sky are essential for brilliant stargazing. That's why cities, with their bright structures and countless lamps, lack excellent stargazing. 

West Virginia, with its sparse population and small cities (none has more than 50,000 residents), is one of the best areas on the East Coast for stargazing.

The International Dark-Sky Association awarded the state its first dark sky certification in late 2021. (IDA).

Watoga State Park in Marlinton, West Virginia, received the coveted nomination, as did the surrounding Calvin Price State Forest. 

Droop Mountain Battlefield State Park. In addition to their clean, black sky, the three parks were awarded for their dedication.

John Goodwin, president of the Watoga State Park Foundation, said in an IDA press release that the foundation is pleased to have helped obtain Dark Sky Park status."

The park also has synchronous fireflies, which light up the night sky in tandem during their spring mating season.

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