State Park Bortle 2 Scale Information In The US

State Park Bortle 2

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 1 sites in more detail, including which parks in each state classify as Bortle scale 2, whether they have camping, and more information.

StatisticHow Many States
Total Bortle 2 Sites43
States With At Least 1 Bortle 2 Site31
States With At Least 10 Bortle 2 Sites10
States With At Least 20 Bortle 2 Sites2
Table 1: Author Created Statistics

Lets break these 31 states with at least a Bortle 2 site into further detail!

StateLevel 2 Bortle ParksState Parks
Alaska10Chilkoot Lake State Recreation Site, Donnelly Creek State Recreation Site, Moon Lake State Recreation Site, Eagle Trail State Recreation Site, King Mountain State Recreation Site, Worthington Glacier State Recreation Site, Stariski State Recreation Site, Kachemak Bay SP, Sandspit Point State Marine Park, Sunny Cove State Marine Park
Arizona1Alamo Lake State Park
Arkansas2Queen Wilhelmina SP, Cossatot River State Park-Natural Area
California32Red Rock Canyon SP, Estero Bluffs SP, Limekiln SP, John Little State Natural Reserve, Julia Pfeiffer Burns SP, Pfeiffer Big Sur SP, Point Sur State Historic Park, Fort Ross State Historic Park, Kruse Rhododendron, State Natural Reserve, Salt Point SP, Hendy Woods SP, Navarro River Redwoods SP, Van Damme SP, Mendocino Woodlands SP, Caspar Headlands State Natural Reserve, Point Cabrillo Light Station State Historic Park, Admiral William Standley State Recreation Area, Richardson Grove SP, Benbow State Recreation Area, Grizzly Creek Redwoods SP, Del Norte Coast Redwoods SP, Prairie Creek Redwoods SP, Humboldt Lagoons SP, Harry A. Merlo State Recreation Area, Patrick’s Point SP, Castle Crags SP, McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial SP, Ahjumawi Lava Springs SP, Plumas-Eureka SP, Manchester SP, Grover Hot Springs SP, Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve
Colorado11John Martin Reservoir, Navajo SP, Ridgway SP, Crawford SP, Paonia SP, Vega SP, Sylvan Lake SP, Stagecoach SP, Steamboat Lake SP, State Forest SP, Pearl Lake SP
Florida5Cedar Key Scrub State Reserve, Econfina River SP, Ochlockonee River SP, Bald Point SP, Dr. Julian G. Bruce St. George Island SP
Georgia1Stephen C Foster SP
Hawaii14Hāʻena SP, Nāpali Coast State Wilderness Park, Kōkeʻe SP, Polihale SP, Waimea Canyon SP, Pālāʻau SP, Polipoli Spring State Recreation Area, Waiʻānapanapa SP, Puaʻa Kaʻa State Wayside, Wailua Valley State Wayside, Kaumahina State Wayside
Idaho7Priest Lake SP, Henrys Lake SP, Harriman SP, Ashton-Tetonia Trail, Bear Lake SP, Castle Rocks SP, City of Rocks National Reserve
Kansas11Meade SP, Cross Timbers SP, Fall River SP, Kanopolis SP, Mushroom Rock SP, Wilson SP, Lovewell SP, Webster SP, Cedar Bluff SP, Little Jerusalem Badlands SP, Lake Scott SP
Maine8Roque Bluffs SP, Quoddy Head SP, Cobscook Bay SP, Peaks-Kenny SP, Lily Bay SP, Mount Blue SP, Rangeley Lake SP, Grafton Notch SP
Michigan16Porcupine Mountains Wilderness SP, Lake Gogebic SP, Craig Lake SP, Fort Wilkins Historic SP, Laughing Whitefish Falls SP, Fayette Historic SP, Wells SP, Tahquamenon Falls SP, Wilderness SP, Leelanau SP, Onaway SP, Hoeft SP, Thompsons Harbor State Park, Clear Lake SP, Negwegon SP, Sturgeon Point SP
Minnesota13Old Mill State Park, Hayes Lake SP, Zippel Bay SP, Garden Island State Recreation Area, Big Bog State Recreation Area, La Salle Lake State Recreation Area, Itasca SP, Scenic SP, Savanna Portage SP, Split Rock Lighthouse SP, George H. Crosby Manitou State Park, Temperance River SP, Cascade River SP
Missouri3Sam A. Baker SP, Current River SP, Roger Pryor Pioneer Backcountry
Montana7Medicine Rocks SP, Ackley Lake SP, Logan SP, Fish Creek SP, Bannack SP, Beaverhead Rock SP, Thompson Chain-of-Lakes
Nebraska1Smith Rock State Park
Nevada5Rye Patch Reservoir, Ward Charcoal Ovens State Historic Park, Elgin Schoolhouse State Historic Site, Beaver Dam SP, Echo Canyon SP
New Hampshire8Lake Tarleton SP, Crawford Notch State Park, Mt. Washington SP, Deer Mountain Campground, Lake Francis SP, Coleman SP, Dixville Notch SP, Androscoggin Wayside Park, Mollidgewock SP
New Mexico6Conchas Lake SP, Villanueva SP, El Vado Lake SP, Heron Lake SP, Cimarron Canyon SP, Coyote Creek SP
North Dakota1Beaver Lake SP
Oklahoma5Alabaster Caverns, Gloss Mountain SP, Talimena SP, McGee Creek SP, Clayton Lake
Oregon27Saddle Mountain State Natural Area, Hug Point State Recreation Site, Cape Lookout SP, Sitka Sedge State Natural Area, Tokatee Klootchman State Natural Site, Carl G. Washburne Memorial SP, Stonefield Beach State Recreation Site, Humbug Mountain SP, Arizona Beach State Recreation Site, Cape Blanco SP, Cape Sebastian State Scenic Corridor, Joseph H. Stewart State Recreation Area, Collier Memorial SP, Jackson F. Kimball State Recreation Site, Cascadia SP, Prineville Reservoir SP, Unity Lake State Recreation Site, Wallowa Lake State Recreation Area, Minam State Recreation Area, Emigrant Springs State Heritage Area, Catherine Creek SP, Cottonwood Canyon SP, White River Falls SP, Clay Myers State Natural Area at Whalen Island
Pennsylvania14Sizerville SP, Sinnemahoning SP, Kettle Creek SP, Bucktail SP Natural Area, Hyner View SP, Hyner Run SP, Leonard Harrison SP, Ole Bull SP, Denton Hill SP, Lyman Run SP, Prouty Place SP, Patterson SP, Cherry Springs SP
South Dakota12Fort Sisseton Historic State Park, Llewellyn Johns Recreation Area, Little Moreau Recreation Area, Swan Creek Recreation Area, West Whitlock Recreation Area, Lake Louise Recreation Area, West Bend Recreation Area, Buryanek Recreation Area, Snake Creek Recreation Area, Platte Creek Recreation Area, North Wheeler Recreation Area, Pease Creek Recreation Area
Texas14Balmorhea SP, Big Bend Ranch SP, Barton Warnock Visitor Center, Caprock Canyons Trailway, Copper Breaks SP, Colorado Bend State Park, Enchanted Rock State Natural Area, Lost Maples State Natural Area, Devils Sinkhole State Natural Area, Kickapoo Cavern SP, Devils River State Natural Area, Seminole Canyon SP & Historic Site
Utah6Bear Lake SP, Yuba SP, Green River State Park, Piute SP, Kodachrome Basin SP, Coral Pink Sand Dunes SP
Vermont8Maidstone SP, Seyon Lodge SPk, Ricker Pond SP, New Discovery SP, Kettle Pond SP, Boulder Beach SP, Big Deer SP, Stillwater SP
Washington9Crawford SP, Pearrygin Lake SP, Sun Lakes-Dry Falls SP, Brooks Memorial SP, Fields Spring SP, Camp William T. Wooten SP, Palouse Falls SP, Lyons Ferry SP, Leadbetter Point SP
West Virginia8Kumbrabow State Forest, Holly River SP, Cass Scenic Railroad SP, Seneca State Forest, Watoga SP, Calvin Price State Forest, Beartown SP, Droop Mountain Battlefield SP, Watoga State Park
Wisconsin3Big Bay SP, Rock Island SP, Newport SP
Wyoming3Medicine Lodge Archaeological Site, Seminoe SP, Boysen SP
Table 1: State Park Statistics Author Created

There are a total of 31 states in the US with at least 1 Bortle 2 state park site, which breaks down to 29 of the 48 contiguous US states plus Hawaii and Alaska.

The following 2 states do not have any Bortle 2 parks and do not border another state with a Bortle 2 site: Connecticut, and Rhode Island.

17 of the 19 states without a Bortle 2 site shares a border with at least 1 state with a state that has a Bortle 2 site. That said, the travel times can be lengthy to visit a neighboring state to get to a Borte 2 site.

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