Link for those unfamiliar with the park.
That website is unaffiliated to the park and does contain incorrect information. Such as, there are no cabins in the park...
The actual park website is located here.
To answer the ops questions:
1. Where do I get to buy food? (How far, etc.)
There is a small grocery store in Galeton, (12 miles north on West Branch Road) and a couple of grocery stores in Coudersport (16 miles north on Route 44). There is also a small general store just north of the park (1.5 miles north on Route 44) .
2. The camping spot is called Airport A and B but not marked by that name in any map. I hope it will be Rustic Campground.
As stated above. The park is actually separated into three defined areas and Route 44 bisects the park into two distinct areas (south of 44 serious astronomers, north of 44 casual stargazers). I believe the area you are looking for is the Overnight Astronomy Observation Field, located to the south of Route 44, which is the area that has been designated for the "serious astronomer" and not the casual stargazer. That area was designated an overnight area and has rules, regulations, and permit conditions that all patrons should observe. It is a first come first serve overnight area. A permit is acquired by simply filling out an honor envelope located on the left side of the modern restroom as you are looking at the doorways on the information board. Fill out the permit, insert payment ($15/per night/per 5 people or one family unit) and drop into the "Green" fee deposit tube with the DCNR sticker on top.
Airport A and B are the actual campground which is located north of Route 44 and is accessible from the public viewing/programming area. This area has rules, regs, and permit conditions and is not as strict with lighting and equipment requirements. This is the area where the park programming is conducted on most weekends.
3. Is that camp site manned by PA State Park people 24/7 or is it only during the day?
Cherry Springs State Park is one of several parks of a much larger complex. Park staff routinely check the park but the administrative office is at Lyman Run State Park located 6 miles to the north on West Branch Road. Lyman Run has a beach, hiking trails, lake with concession (food, drink, and boat concession).
4. How safe is the camp site (wild life is my concern)?
Although the occasional wildlife visits the park there is nothing to fear. Mosquitos and herons are the most obscene.
5. I am able to see camp site reservations are filled in fast. Nice.
The campground routinely fills up by casual star gazers. The Overnight Astronomy Observation Field very rarely fills up except for during the two star parties held there each year. Check the park website for Advisories/Alerts for when the Astronomy Field may be closed due to events.
6. How are the cellular signals at observing site? (T-Mobile)
Verizon and T-Mobile have good service from all locations at the park.
Edited by scottmm2012, 10 May 2019 - 07:30 PM.