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Dark Skies

Dark Sky Places in SC

Find the darkest skies in SC for stargazing, astrophotography, star parties, and club events.

SC Dark Sky Parks

List of national & state parks, forests, reserves, and other protected areas that have the darkest skies for stargazing. Bortle scale is listed where known. National parks often let you camp under the stars.

NP = national park | SP = state park | NF = national forest | SF = state forest | NWR = national wildlife reserve

SC Light Pollution Map

2019 satellite image showing light pollution from the NOAA National Geophysical Data Center. Use as a guide to find the darkest sky locations near you.

SC light pollution satellite image

SC Bortle Sky Map

2015 light pollution map showing sky brightness at the zenith from World Atlas data. Colors correspond approximately to the Bortle scale shown in sidebar). Gray areas are the darkest places, with blue being less dark and so on.

SC Bortle scale map