Get as close to the night sky as possible with a night under the stars camping at PARI.


Several areas on our 200+ acre site have been set aside for tent camping.

Some are in open fields shared with large radio telescopes. Others are nestled between the trees alongside small mountain creeks.

All offer beautiful views of PARI’s entire campus and the surrounding Pisgah National Forest.

Camp sites have access to designated fire pits. Some are adjacent to bathroom and shower facilities.


📶 Complementary Wi-Fi
🚶 Hiking Trails on site
🔥 Fire Pit
🚙 Ample free parking
♿ Handicap accessible parking
🌌 Dark site for optimal sky viewing
🔭 Viewing areas to set up your own telescopes
🌄 Mountain observation deck with 360° views and spectacular sunsets
🤫 Remote, private, and quiet site. Secure and monitored.
🏞️ Blue Ridge Parkway only 12 miles away
💦 Numerous waterfalls within a 30 minute drive


  • Pets must be kept on a lead.
  • No smoking, vaping, tobacco, or illegal drugs are allowed in the cabins or on the PARI site.
  • No outside guests are allowed on PARI property; all guests should be listed during registration.
  • No weapons are allowed in cabins or on PARI site.
  • Keep any alcohol in your camp site.
  • PARI quiet times are from 10pm through 8am.
  • The PARI grounds are shared with other guests.  Please be respectful!
  • Check out is by 10am on the morning of your departure.

Please view our Frequently Asked Questions for more information about staying at PARI.