State Park Bortle 4 Scale Information In The US

Aurora Borealis at Stub State Park

As discussed in a previous article, we looked at statistics of all state parks of all 50 US States, and classified each state park to the appropriate Bortle Scales 1, 2, and 3 to determine the darkest skies. In this article, we will delve into the Bortle 4 sites in more detail, including which parks in each state classify as Bortle scale 4, whether they have camping, and more information.

StatisticHow Many States
Total Bortle 4 Sites642
States With At Least 1 Bortle 4 Site49
States With At Least 10 Bortle 4 Sites28
States With At Least 20 Bortle 4 Sites10
Table 1: Author Created Statistics

StateLevel 4 Bortle ParksState Parks
Alabama4Chickasaw State Park, DeSoto State Park, Cheaha State Park, Bucks Pocket State Park
Alaska20Chugach State Park, Woody Island State Recreation Area, Lower Chatanika River State Recreation Area, Upper Chatanika River State Recreation Area, Clearwater State Recreation Area, Quartz Lake State Recreation Area, Ninilchik State Recreation Area, Crooked Creek State Recreation Area, Johnson Lake State Recreation Area, Kasilof River State Recreation Area, Morgan’s Landing State Recreation Area, Caines Head State Recreation Area, Lowell Point State Recreation Area, Lowell Point State Recreation Area, Safety Cove State Marina, Old Sitka State Historical Park, Totem Bight State Historical Park, Nancy Lake State Recreation Area, Hatcher Pass East Special Management Area, Willow Creek State Recreation Area
Arizona12Buckskin Mountain State Park, Dankworth Pond State Park, Fool Hollow Lake Recreation Area, Fort Verde State Historic Park, Homolovi State Park, Jerome State Historic Park, Patagonia Lake State Park, Picacho Peak State Park, River Island State Park, Roper Lake State Park, Sonoita Creek State Natural Area, Tubac Presidio State Historic Park
Arkansas7Conway Cemetery State Park, DeGray Lake Resort State Park, Lake Ouachita State Park, Millwood State Park, Petit Jean State Park, Powhatan Historic State Park, Withrow Springs State Park
California22Año Nuevo State Park, Arthur B. Ripley Desert Woodland State Park, Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve, Bean Hollow State Beach, Bidwell-Sacramento River State Park, Bothe-Napa Valley State Park, Burton Creek State Park, Butano State Park, Columbia State Historic Park, Cuyamaca Rancho State Park, Donner Memorial State Park, Fort Tejon State Historic Park, Gaviota State Park, Henry W. Coe State Park, Indian Grinding Rock State Historic Park, Washoe Meadows State Park, Tolowa Dunes State Park, Tomales Bay State Park, Tomales Bay State Park, Robert Louis Stevenson State Park, Montaña de Oro State Park, Palomar Mountain State Park
Colorado5Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area, Mueller State Park, Stauton State Park, Sweitzer Lake State Park, Trinidad Lake State Park 
Connecticut10Wyantenock State Forest, Mount Riga State Park, Mohawk Mountain State Park, Macedonia Brook State Park, Kent Falls State Park, Housatonic Meadows State Park, Haystack Mountain State Park, Dennis Hill State Park, Campbell Falls State Park, Beckley Furnace State Park
Delaware11Killens Pong Water Park, Killens Pong State Park, Big Chill Beach Club, Indian River Marina, Indian River Lifesaving Station, Delaware Seashore State Park, Fort Miles Historical Area, Cape Henlopen State Park, Holts Landing State Park, Fenwick Island State Park, Trap Pond State Park
Florida29Big Shoals State Park, Blackwater River State Park, Cayo Costa State Park, Cedar Key Museum State Park, Collier-Seminole State Park, Curry Hammock State Park, Deer Lake State Park, Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park, Eureaka West Recreation Area, Fanning Springs State Park, Gasparilla Island State Park, Haw Creek Preserve State Park, Ichetucknee Springs State Park, Lake June in Winter Scrub State Park, Lake Kissimmee State Park, Lake Talquin State Park, Letchworth-Love Mounds Archaeological State Park, Madison Blue Spring State Park, Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Historic State Park, O’Leno State Park, Olustee Battlefield Historic State Park, Ponce de Leon Springs State Park, Price’s Scrub State Park, Three Rivers State Park, Ruth B. Kirby Gilchrist Blue Springs State Park, San Marcos de Apalache Historic State Park, Suwannee River State Park, Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park, St. Marks River Preserve State Park
Georgia16A. H. Stephens State Park, Amicalola Falls State Park, Black Rock Mountain State Park, Elijah Clark State Park, Florence Marina State Park, George L. Smith State Park, George T. Bagby State Park, Laura S. Walker State Park, Magnolia Springs State Park, Richard B. Russell State Park, Smithgall Woods State Park, Suwannee River Eco-Lodge, Tallulah Gorge State Park, Unicoi State Park, Vogel State Park, Watson Mill Bridge State Park
Hawaii8Waimea State Recreational Pier, Ahukini State Recreational Pier, Īao Valley State Monument, Ahupuaʻa ʻO Kahana State Park. Kaiwi State Scenic Shoreline, Lāʻie Point State Wayside, Mālaekahana State Recreation Area, Puʻu O Mahuka Heiau State Historic Site
Idaho3Ponderosa State Park, Three Island Crossing State Park, Thousand Springs State Park
Illinois26Beaver Dam State Park, Cache River State Natural Area, Cave-in-Rock State Park, Delabar State Park, Dixon Springs State Park, Eagle Creek State Park, Ferne Clyffe State Park, Fox Ridge State Park, Green River SWA, Hamilton County State Fish and Wildlife Area, Horseshoe Lake-Alexander, Horseshoe Lake-Madison, Iroquois County State Wildlife Area, Kincaid Lake SFWA, Lake Le-Aqua-Na State Park, Mississippi Palisades State Park, Moraine View State Recreation Area, Morrison-Rockwood State Park, Newton Lake, Piney Creek Ravine, Ramsey Lake State Park, Sand Ridge State Forest, Stephen A. Forbes SRA, Trail of Tears State Forest, Tunnel Hill State Trail, Walnut Point State Park
Indiana3Shades State Park, Tippiecanoe River State Park, Turkey Run State Park
Iowa18Backbone State Park, Brushy Creek State Recreation Area, Fort Atkinson State Preserve, Geode State Park, Green Valley State Park, Lacey Keosauqua State Park, Lake Anita State Park, Lake Keomah State Park, Lewis and Clark State Park, Maquoketa Caves State Park, Pilot Knob State Park, Red Haw State Park, Twin Lakes State Park, Union Grove State Park, Viking Lake State Park, Volga River State Recreation Area, Waubonsie State Park, Blackburn State Park
Kansas4Milford Lake, Pomona State Park, El Dorado State Park, Elk City State Park
Kentucky17Carter Caves State Resort Park, Blue Licks Battlefield State Resort Park, Cumberland Falls State Park, Dale Hallow Lake State Park, Dawkins Line Rail Trail, Grayson Lake State Park, Kenlake State Resort Park, Kingdom Come State Park, Lake Barkley State Park, Lake Cumberland State Resort Park, Lake Malone State Park, Natural Bridge State Resort Park, Nolin Lake State Park, Old Mulkey Meetinghouse State Historic Site, Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park, Rough River Dam State Resort Park, Yatesville Lake State Park
Louisiana10Lake Bruin State Park, Lake Claiborne State Park, Lake DArbonne State Park, Poverty Point State Park, Tickfaw State Park, Lake Bistineau State Park, Jimmie Davis State Park,Fontainebleau State Park, Chicot State Park, Bogue Chitto State Park 
Maine6Aroostook State Park, Birch Point State Park, Owls Head Light State Park, Shackford Head State Park, Androscoggin Riverlands State Park, Sebago Lake State Park
Maryland17Assateague State Park, Big Run State Park, Casselman River Bridge State Park, Dans Mountain State Park, Deep Creek Lake State Park, Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad State Park, Herrington Manor State Park, Janes Island State Park, New Germany State Park, Newtowne Neck State Park, Woodmont Natural Resources Management Area, Youghiogheny Wild River Natural Environmental Area, Pocomoke River State Park, Rocky Gap State Park, Sang Run State Park, St. Clements Island State Park, Swallow Falls State Park
Massachusetts16Bash Bish Falls State Park, Beartown State Forest, Clarksburg State Park, Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) State Forest, Erving State Forest, Manuel F. Correllus State Forest, Monroe State Forest, Mount Everett State Reservation, Mount Grace State Forest, Mount Washington State Forest, October Mountain State Forest, Sandisfield State Forest, Savoy Mountain State Forest, Tolland State Forest, Wendell State Forest, Windsor State Forest
Michigan14Cheboygan State Park, Interlochen State Park, Mackinac Island and Fort Mackinac Historic Park, Mears State Park, Newaygo State Park, North Higgins Lake State Park, Otsego Lake State Park, Sanilac Petroglyphs Historic State Park, Silver Lake State Park, South Higgins Lake State Park, Tawas Point State Park, Van Riper State Park, Young State Park, Headlands Dark Sky Park
Minnesota22Banning State Park, Beaver Creek Valley State Park, Big Stone Lake State Park, Blue Mounds State Park, Carley State Park, Crow Wing State Park, Father Hennepin State Park, Forestville/Mystery Cave State Park, Frontenac State Park, Glendalough State Park, Grand Portage State Park, Hill Annex Mine State Park, John A. Latsch State Park, Lake Carlos State Park, Lake Louise State Park, Lake Shetek State Park, Mille Lacs Kathio State Park, Sibley State Park, Split Rock Creek State Park, Upper Sioux Agency State Park, Whitewater State Park, Wild River State Park
Mississippi5Clarkco State Park, George P. Cossar State Park, J. P. Coleman State Park, Lake Lincoln State Park, Natchez State Park
Missouri17Bennett Spring State Park, Big Lake State Park, Big Sur Creek State Park, Crowder State Park, Elephant Rocks State Park, Graham Cave State Park, Harry S Truman State Park, Hawn State Park, Lake Wappapello State Park, Long Branch State Park, Meramec State Park, Pomme de Terre State Park, Wallace State Park, Battle of Island Mound State Historic Site, Bollinger Mill State Historic Site, Gen. John J. Pershing Boyhood Home State Historic Site, Iliniwek Village State Historic Site
Montana8Tongue River Reservoir State Park, Chief Plenty Coups State Park, First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park, Missouri Headwaters State Park, Black Sandy State Park, Frenchtown Pond State Park, Les Mason State Park, Wayfarers State Park
Nebraska1Niobrara State Park
Nevada6Cave Rock, Mormon Station State Historic Park, Sand Harbor, Spooner Lake & Backcountry, Valley of Fire State Park, Van Sickle Bi-State Park
New Hampshire14Daniel Webster Birthplace, Ellacoya State Park, Franklin Pierce Homestead Historic Site, Greenfield State Park, Jericho Mountain State Park, Livermore Falls Recreation Area, Madison Boulder Natural Area, Monadnock State Park, Moose Brook State Park, Mt. Sunapee State Park, Pisgah State Park, Rhododendron State Park, White Island Historic Site, White Lake State Park
New Jersey0N/A
New Mexico6Leasburg Dam State Park, Hyde Memorial State Park, Elephant Butte Lake State Park, Brantley Lake State Park, Bottomless Lakes State Park, Ute Lake State Park
New York36Taconic State Park – Rudd Pond Area, Westcott Beach State Park, Wellesley Island State Park, Waterson Point State Park, Taughannock Falls State Park, Taconic State Park – Copake Falls Area, Stony Brook State Park, Selkirk Shores State Park, Sandy Island Beach State Park, Robert V. Riddell State Park, Orient Beach State Park, Oak Orchard State Marine Park, Mine Kill State Park, Mexico Point State Park, Mary Island State Park, Macomb Reservation State Park, Lodi Point State Park, Letchworth State Park, Lakeside Beach State Park, Lake Taghkanic State Park, Lake Superior State Park, Keuka Lake State Park, Honeoye Lake Boat Launch State Park, Hither Hills State Park, Harriet Hollister Spencer State Recreation Area, Grass Point State Park, Golden Hill State Park, Fillmore Glen State Park, Fair Haven Beach State Park, Deans Cove Boat Launch, Chimney Bluffs State Park, Canoe Point State Park, Canadarago State Marine Park, Buttermilk Falls State Park, Burnham Point State Park
North Carolina7Elk Nob State Park, Goose Creek State park, Gorges State Park, Lake Waccamaw State Park, Mount Mitchell State Park, Singletary State Park, Stone Mountain State Park
North Dakota4Fort Stevenson State Park, Grahams Island State Park, Icelandic State Park, Sully Creek State Park
Ohio9Tar Hollow State Park, Hocking Hills State Park, Paint Creek State Park, Burr Oak State Park, Blue Rock State Park, Shawnee State Park, Forked Run State Park, Middle Bass Island State Park, North Bass Island State Park
Oklahoma22Arrowhead at Lake Eufaula, Boiling Springs, Cherokee Landing, Fort Cobb State Park, Bernice Area at Grand Lake State Park, Grand Lake: Cherokee, Disney Area at Grand Lake State Park, Grand Lake: Little Blue, Grand Lake: Spavinaw, Grand Lake: Twin Bridges, Greenleaf State Park, Keystone State Park, Lake Eufaula State Park, Lake Murray State Park, Lake Texoma State Park, Lake Thunderbird State Park, Lake Wister State Park, Natural Falls State Park, Raymond Gary State Park, Sequoyah State Park, Sequoyah Bay State Park, Tenkiller State Park, Hugo Lake Park
Oregon32Benson State Recreation Area, Ainsworth State Park, Cape Kiwanda State Natural Area, Darlingtonia State Natural Site, Dexter State Recreation Area, Elihag Bristow State Park, Fogarty Creek State Recreation Area, Fort Stevens State Park, Gleneden Beach State Recreation Site, Governor Patterson Memorial State Recreation Site, Hat Rock State Park, John B. Yeon State Scenic Corridor, Kam Wah Chung State Heritage Site, L. L. Stub Stewart State Park, Lowell State Recreation Area, Yachats State Recreation Area, Yachats Ocean Road State Natural Site, Manhattan Beach State Recreation Site, Mayer State Park, McVay Rock State Recreation Site, Memaloose State Park, Milo McIver State Park, North Santiam State Recreation Site, Roads End State Recreation Site, Valley of the Rogue State Recreation Area, Vinzenz Lausmann Memorial State Natural Area, Seneca Fouts Memorial State Natural Area, Smelt Sands State Recreation Site, Smith Rock State Park, Tolovana Beach State Recreation Site, W. B. Nelson State Recreation Site, Wygant State Natural Area
Pennsylvania20Bald Eagle State Park, Big Spring State Park, Cowans Gap State Park, Fowlers Hollow State Park, Greenwood Furnace State Park, Hills Creek State Park, Laurel Mountain State Park, Ohioplye State Park, Oil Creek State Park, Penn-Roosevelt State Park, Prince Gallitzin State Park, Promised Land State Park, Prompton State Park, Ravensburg State Park, Reeds Gap State Park, Ricketts Glen State Park, Sand Bridge State Park, Shawnee State Park, Warriors Path State Park, Whipple Dam State Park
Rhode Island6Beavertail State Park, Brenton Point State Park, Burlingame State Park, Fishermans Memorial State Park, Pulaski State Park, George Washington State Park
South Carolina15Baker Creek State Park, Caesars Head State Park, Calhoun Falls State Park, Devils Fork State Park, Edisto Beach State Park, Hickory Knob State Park, Huntington Beach State Park, Jones Gap State Park, Keowee-Toxaway State Park, Lake Warren State Park, Lake Water State Park, Oconee State Park, Oconee Station State Historic Site, Rose Hill Plantation State Historic Site, Table Rock State Park
South Dakota10Spearfish Canyon Nature Area, Revheim Bay Recreation Area, Indian Creek Recreation Area, Mine Lake Recreation Area, Springfield Recreation Area, Spirit Mound Historic Prairie, Newton Hills State Park, Lake Vermillion Recreation Area, Oakwood Lakes State Park, Hartford Beach State Park
Tennessee9Big Cypress Tree State Park, Chickasaw State Park, Cordell Hull Birthplace State Park, Fall Creek Falls State Park, Natchez Trace State Park, Standing Stone State Park, Rocky Fork State Park, Roan Mountain State Park, Rock Island State Park
Texas19Abilene State Park, Caddo Lake State Park, Cooper Lake State Park, Falcon State Park, Fort Boggy State Park, Fort Leaton State Historic Site, Fort Parker State Park, Goose Island State Park, Indian Lodge, Inks Lake State Park, Lake Arrowhead State Park, Lake Brownwood State Park, Lake Somerville State Park – Birch Creek Unit, Lake Somerville State Park – Nails Creek Unit, Lake Whitney State Park, Longhorn Cavern State Park, Mission Rosario State Historic Site, Monahans Sandhills State Park, Pedernales Falls State Park
Utah7Dead Horse Point State Park, Echo State Park, Edge of the Cedars State Park Museum, Fred Hayes at Starvation State Park, Rockport State Park, Snow Canyon State Park, Steinaker State Park, Territorial Statehouse State Park Museum
Vermont7Gifford Woods State Park, Lake Carmi State Park, Mt Ascutney State Park, Mt. Philo State Park, Smugglers Notch State Park, Sweet Pond State Park, Wilgus State Park
Virginia14Bear Creek Lake State Park, Breaks Interstate State Park, Belle Isle State Park, Fairy Stone State Park, False Cape State Park, Hungry Mother State Park, Natural Tunnel State Park, New River Trail State Park, Sailors Creek Battlefield State Park, Shenandoah River State Park, Stauton River State Park, Twin Lakes State Park, Westmoreland State Park, Wilderness Road State Park
Washington45Beacon Rock State Park, Blind Island Marine State Park, Bottle Beach State Park, Bridgeport State Park, Cape Disappointment State Park, Columbia Hills Historical State Park, Daroga State Park, Doe Island Marine State Park, Dosewallips State Park, Doug’s Beach State Park, Fort Casey State Park, Fort Ebey State Park, Goldendale Observatory State Park, Iron Horse State Park, Jackson House | State Park Heritage Site, James Island Marine State Park, Jones Island Marine State Park, Lake Chelan State Park, Lake Sylvia State Park, Lewis and Clark State Park, Lime Kiln Point State Park, Maryhill State Park, Moran State Park, Mount Pilchuck State Park, Mount Spokane State Park, Obstruction Pass State park, Ocean City State Park, Olallie State Park, Pacific Beach State Park, Pacific Pines State Park, Patos Island State Park, Posey Island Marine State Park, Potholes State Park, Potlatch State Park, Westport Light State Park, Wallace Falls State Park, Twin Harbors State Park, Twanoh State Park, Turn Island State park, Triton Cove State Park, Stuart Island Marine State Park, Squilchuck State Park, Spencer Spit State Park, Sequim Bay State Park, Seaquest State Park
West Virginia11Blue Stone State Park, Cacapon Resort State Park, Camp Creek State Park, Carnifex Ferry Battlefield State Park, Hawks Nest State Park, North Bend State Park, Panther State Forest, Pipestem Resort State Park, Stonewall Resort State Park, Twin Falls Resort State Park, Tygart Lake State Park
Wisconsin15Amnicon Falls State Park, Blue Mound State Park, Buckhorn State Park, Brunet Island State Park, Governor Dodge State Park, Hartman Creek State Park, Menominee River State Park, Merrick State Park, Natural Bridge State Park, Nelson Dewey State Park, Pattison State Park, Peninsula State Park, Straight Lake State Park, Tower Hill State Park, Wyalusing State Park
Wyoming1Guernsey State Park
Table 1: Author Generated

The state without a Bortle 4 site is: New Jersey

The state with the most Bortle 3 sites is: Washington with 45.

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