Dark Sky Parks in CT

List of darkest places in Connecticut for stargazing, astrophotography, star parties, and club events. Often these are national and state parks and forests that are either remote or "protected" against light pollution.

National parks often let you stay overnight under the stars, hence their motto - "Half the park is after dark".

The IDA column indicates if a site is IDA-certified. Bortle scale for sites is given where known. Also use your local astronomy club for guidance as they will know the darkest places.

NAME BORTLE
Beckley Furnace State Park 4
Campbell Falls State Park 4
Dennis Hill State Park 4
Grace Farms 4
Haystack Mountain State Park 4
Housatonic Meadows State Park 4
Kent Falls State Park 4
Macedonia Brook State Park 4
Mohawk Mountain State Park 4
Mount Riga State Park 4
Talcott Mountain 4
White Memorial 4
Wyantenock State Forest 4


Light Pollution Map w/ Bortle

On the left is a 2019 satellite image of CT showing light pollution from the NOAA National Geophysical Data Center. On the right is a 2015 light pollution map showing sky brightness at the zenith from World Atlas data. Colors correspond approximately to the Bortle scale. Use as a guide to find the darkest sky locations near you.

CT night sky light pollution map