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Exploring the Eclipse at Pymatuning State Park and Maurice Goddard State Parks

When the moon casts its shadow on our planet, it’s not just a transient spectacle — it’s a potent reminder of the vastness and mystery of our universe. The natural canvas of Pymatuning and Maurice Goddard State Parks serves as a prime vantage point for nature lovers and eclipse chasers alike. Each park is the path of totality for the eclipse, offering a stunning view of the event.

Pymatuning State Park: A Natural Haven

Nestled in Pennsylvania, Pymatuning State Park offers an ideal setting to observe wildlife, partake in water-based activities, and, during specific moments, view a solar eclipse.

Pymatuning is renowned for its sprawling lake, which provides opportunities for boating, fishing, and swimming. The serene surroundings offer a wealth of campgrounds and picnic areas, perfect for a weekend getaway.

Best Spots for Eclipse Watching at Pymatuning State Park

For the eclipse enthusiast, the park’s western shores, with their unobstructed views, are a favored locale. Here, the play of light and shadow across the lake provides a unique perspective during an eclipse event.

The park’s treasured campsites and cabins offer the perfect overnight accommodation for extended eclipse trips.

Maurice K. Goddard State Park: Diverse Encounters

Encompassing a multitude of activities and natural wonders, Maurice K. Goddard State Park presents a diverse eclipse-viewing landscape for visitors. Named after the father of the state park system, Maurice Goddard, this park pays homage to its historical roots while offering modern amenities.

Visitors can check out the 1,680-acre Lake Wilhelm, which is popular with anglers and boaters. In addition to the eclipse, you may even see an eagle, waterfowl, or osprey.

Vacationland Campground is located very close to Goddard State Park and is offering campsites for overnight stays.  Book your stay now on their website at and get ready for a fun, new adventure!

Capturing the Moment

Photographing a solar eclipse can be tricky but incredibly rewarding. Use DSLR cameras with solar filters to capture high-quality images. Remember to set up your equipment well before the event to get the best shots.

Know the Timing

Research the exact time of the eclipse down to the second, factoring in any time delays due to the curvature of the Earth. Being at the right spot at the precise moment is crucial for a full experience.

Plan Your Trip Today!

Pymatuning and Maurice Goddard State Parks offer more than just a casual escape into nature. Here, you can be a part of something much grander! For more information, contact VisitMercerCountyPA today!

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