Dark Skies Over Blue Heron

Fee: Free.

Program is free to the public.


Participants should meet at Devil's Jump Overlook which is a short walk from the parking area off Blue Heron Overlook Road. Blue Heron Overlook, Stearns, Kentucky.

Dates & Times


Saturday, August 7, 2021


9:30 PM


1 hour

Type of Event


All park programs and events are on Eastern Time.


A dark night sky is an important resource the National Park Service protects. Our national parks hold some of the last remaining harbors of darkness and provide amazing opportunities to view the stars and planetary objects. Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area is one of these special places where you can enjoy the quiet, dark solitude of nature at night.

 Join a park ranger and guest speaker Dr. Mark Pitts from Eastern Kentucky University, to enjoy the spectacular dark sky conditions in the park to view the bright stars, star clusters, and summer constellations. Telescopes will not be available for sky observations, however, binoculars are encouraged.   

Please wear sturdy shoes and bring a red-light flashlight, blanket, or chair for comfortable seating. All ages are welcome to attend this free event, but children must be accompanied by an adult.  

This event is subject to favorable clear sky weather conditions. In the event of inclement weather or cloud cover, the event will be cancelled. Be sure to call the Bandy Creek Visitor Center before 5:00 PM on the day of the event to confirm the status of the event.  

Reservation or Registration: No

Contact Information

Mary Grimm
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