Sky Meadows State Park

Official Website
11012 Edmonds Lane Delaplane, Virginia 20144
Phone: 540-592-3556
Observing Field Coordinates: Latitude: 38° 59′ 27″ N Longitude: 77° 57′ 56″ W
Latitude: +38.990716 Longitude: -77.965460 Elevation: 868 ft

Coordinator: Terry Cabell leitmotif3@yahoo.com

NOTE: There is no admittance to Sky Meadows State Park after 9pm and sometimes even before that, please check the event calendar for the exact time for each date! Even if the event goes later.

Sky Meadows State Park is open to NOVAC members for observing on select dates each month. As part of the agreement to use the site, NOVAC members are expected to support a monthly public event which is currently hosted by Sean O’Brien of the National Air and Space Museum, featuring speakers with presentations from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory.  The State of Virginia collects a parking fee at Sky Meadows which is $5 on weekends and $4 on weekdays.  Please cover flashlights with a red filter or a brown paper bag.  Dress warmly.  In case of clouds or rain, an amateur astronomer will lead a short alternate program.

Coming Events

Jul
26
Sat
2014
Sky Meadows Public Night @ Sky Meadows State Park
Jul 26 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Public Night @ Sky Meadows in conjunction with SI – Check http://www.novac.com/wp/observing/sky-meadows/ for site details and directions.

Aug
23
Sat
2014
Sky Meadows Public Night @ Sky Meadows State Park
Aug 23 @ 7:30 pm – Aug 23 @ 10:30 pm

Public Night @ Sky Meadows in conjunction with SI – Check http://www.novac.com/wp/observing/sky-meadows/ for site details and directions.

NOTE: There is no admittance to Sky Meadows State Park after 9pm! Even if the event goes later.

Sep
27
Sat
2014
Sky Meadows Public Night @ Sky Meadows State Park
Sep 27 @ 6:30 pm – Sep 27 @ 9:30 pm

Public Night @ Sky Meadows in conjunction with SI – Check http://www.novac.com/wp/observing/sky-meadows/ for site details and directions.

NOTE: There is no admittance to Sky Meadows State Park after 8:30pm! Even if the event goes later.

Oct
18
Sat
2014
Sky Meadows Public Night @ Sky Meadows State Park
Oct 18 @ 6:00 pm – Oct 18 @ 9:00 pm

Public Night @ Sky Meadows in conjunction with SI – Check http://www.novac.com/wp/observing/sky-meadows/ for site details and directions.

NOTE: There is no admittance to Sky Meadows State Park after 8pm! Even if the event goes later.

Nov
22
Sat
2014
Sky Meadows Public Night @ Sky Meadows State Park
Nov 22 @ 4:30 pm – Nov 22 @ 7:30 pm

Public Night @ Sky Meadows in conjunction with SI – Check http://www.novac.com/wp/observing/sky-meadows/ for site details and directions.

NOTE: There is no admittance to Sky Meadows State Park after 6:30pm! Even if the event goes later.

 

 

Directions:
The entrance to Sky Meadows State Park is located west of Washington, DC on US Route 17 North one mile south of US Route 50 or seven miles north of Interstate 66 Exit 23.

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Turn onto the park entrance road:
Drive west approximately one half mile into the park where you will come to the park gatehouse. On the back of the gatehouse is a clipboard. Each member must sign in with their name, number in party, date, and time.

To reach the observing area, follow the road from the gate house a half mile towards the historic Bleak Hill House site. On your left is the gate to the parking/unloading area for NOVAC observers. Pass through this gate and drive to the parking area which is just to the south of the split rail fence and observing area. Please park as close as possible to the split rail fence. The gate in the split rail fence is currently just leaning against its support posts. Please return the gate to the state you found it after passing through it. The observing area is between the split rail fence and south of the white picket fence which surrounds the historic Bleak Hill House. If you do not have heavy observing equipment to bring to the observing site, you may choose to park in the paved parking lot to the north of the Bleak Hill House and walk to the observing field south of the Bleak Hill House.
A view of the southern horizon from the observing area is available here. There are restrooms available to the east of the observing area.
To exit the park, pass through the same gates as you did when you entered until you get to the gatehouse area. Stop at the gatehouse and note the time you exited the park on the clipboard on the rear of the gatehouse. Then, exit the park through the exit gate and relock the gate if it was locked prior to you passing through it.
Below are live Google Maps showing the general layout of the park and the observing area. Clicking on a blue raindrop icon or blue rectangle will bring up a description of that area.
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