Dark Skies over Bandy Creek

Fee: Free.

Program is free to the public.


Participants should meet at Bandy Creek Visitor Center parking area, located at: 151 Stable Road, Oneida, Tennessee.

Dates & Times


Saturday, October 16, 2021


8:00 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 amature astronomers Bill Smith and John Averitt, to enjoy the spectacular dark sky conditions in the park and view the bright stars, star clusters, and spring and summer constellations. Telescopes will not be available for sky observations, however, binoculars are encouraged.   

Participants should meet at Bandy Creek Visitor Center parking area. 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 program is wheel chair accessible.

This event is subject to favorable clear sky weather conditions. In the event of inclement weather or cloud cover, the event will be moved inside the Interpretation & Education Building.   

Reservation or Registration: No

Contact Information

Mary Grimm
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