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PARI welcomes guests of all ages to immerse themselves in science, space, and nature at our remote, 200+ acre campus nestled in the mountains of the Pisgah National Forest.

Our historic facility with impressive optical and radio telescopes draw both curious travelers and esteemed scientists from around the world. With the Pisgah National Forest in our backyard, PARI is the perfect addition for those visiting the area to enjoy outdoor adventures like hiking, fishing, river rafting and exploring our many surrounding waterfalls. PARI’s ridge-top views provide a unique vantage point to experience seasonal bursts of color and lush foliage. PARI is an internationally certified DARK SKY PARK, one of only two in North Carolina, providing nights filled with brilliant stars, flashes of meteors, and the Milky Way stretching from horizon to horizon.

PARI hosts educators, their students, special interest groups, families, and friends for hands-on learning experiences that inspire a life long love of science and encourage new adventures.

Our offerings include:

Guided tours of our
facility and campus for guests from K to gray.

Educational curriculum, tours, and presentations
for educators and their students.

Overnight weekend special events or retreats for friends, family, clubs, community,
and corporate groups.

Large, spacious meeting rooms to host corporate presentations or special interest demonstrations.

Visit our NASA exhibit and collection of meteorites, gems, and minerals in our on-site galleries.

Give the gift of PARI or take home a special memory with an item from the PARI Shop.

Complete your visit with a look at what our neighbors have to offer!