Love constellations? This 2022, it’s time to destress and check out the breathtaking views of stars at West Virginia’s 3 New Dark Sky Parks, particularly at the Watoga State Park.

It can be recalled that the International Dark-Sky Association (IDA) has awarded Watoga State Park in West Virginia with the official Dark Sky Park status on October 18, 2021.

Along with it, the adjacent Calvin Price State Forest and nearby Droop Mountain Battlefield State Park also jointly received Dark Sky Park designations as part of Watoga’s application due to their close proximity and are all managed by the West Virginia Department of Natural Resources.

Watoga State Park will be the center of Dark Sky programming and activities for all three areas. Watoga, Cal Price, and Droop Mountain Battlefield encompass 19,869 acres of public land in Pocahontas County and are receiving the first official International Dark Sky Place designations in the state of West Virginia.



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