The 1,000-Mile Great Lakes Adventures

Thursday, May 31, 2012

A Prize for Being a Dark Park?

With so much light pollution in America (and worldwide), where can you go to see the night sky alight with stars?  Where does the Milky Way still brilliantly shine in a swirl of white light against black sky?

There is a special award given to parks around the world that are prime star-gazing sites.  The Headlands property located just west of Mackinaw City along Lake Michigan was recently awarded the prestigious International Dark Sky Park designation .

“The Headlands, with its two-and-a-half miles of shoreline and 600 acres of old-growth timber, is a beautiful place that will be protected forever,” said James E. Tamlyn, chairman of the Emmet County Board of Commissioners. “Add to that the ability to have uninterrupted night-time viewing and it continues that experience – and that’s what the Headlands is all about. It’s protected now, and as time goes by nothing’s going to change that.” 

I hiked through this park on my first adventure.  I might have to see the park at night this time.  

1 comment:

  1. Maybe you can get a picture of the night sky with all the stars if it's dark enough. That would be awesome!!