Dark Sky Places in WV

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

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

Bortle scale for sites is given where known. Also ask your local astronomy club for guidance as they will know the darkest places.

Beartown State Park 2
Blackwater Falls State Park 3
Calhoun County Park
Calvin Price State Forest 2
Cass Scenic Railroad State Park 2
Droop Mountain Battlefield State Park 2
George Washington and Jeffersons National Forest
Green Bank Observatory
Holly River State Park 2
Kumbrabow State Forest 2
Monongahela National Forest
New River Gorge National Park
Seneca State Forest 2
Spruce Knob
Watoga State Park 2

Light Pollution Map w/ Bortle

On the left is a 2019 satellite image of WV 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.

WV night sky light pollution map