Observing Sites

PAA Observing Sites

Iredell Co. Rescue Squad Building

We hold our club meetings in the conference room of this building.  To get to the building from I-40, take exit 150 onto Highway 115 North for about 1/2 mile.  The building is on the right just past the State Employees Credit Union and across the street from a very well-lit shopping center.  Please park in the back of the building, we do not want to block any emergency vehicles.

Allison's Woods

Allison's Woods is the name of a piece of land owned by one of our club members. The site is used by the community for many types of events, we like it for lunar and planetary work as well as limited deep-sky observing. To get to Allison's Woods from Statesville, take I-77 North to exit 54 (Route 21). Take a right at the stop sign at the end of the exit ramp. Go approximately 3.5 miles. Immediately after crossing the bridge at the Yadkin River, take a right onto a dirt road. BEWARE, there may be a cable stretched across the road. If the cable is up it should not be locked. Please unhook the cable, drive past and then rehook the cable (do not lock it behind you). Follow the dirt road until you reach the air strip. We will be set up at the far end of the air strip.

Doughton Park

Doughton Park is located on the Blue Ridge Park Way and offers excellent dark skies. To get to Doughton Park from Statesville, take I-77 North to 21 North near Elkin. Stay on 21 North until you come to the Blue Ridge Parkway. Go south on the Parkway for about 10 miles. Take the park entrance to the left towards the lodge. Take the next right towards the picnic area. We will be set up in the loop at the far end of the road through the picnic area.

Lake Norman State Park

Lake Norman State Park is located in Iredell County, 10 miles south of Statesville and 32 miles north of Charlotte. Reach the park from I-77 by taking exit 42 onto US 21 north. Travel north on US 21 to Troutman. In Troutman, turn left on Wagner Street. Then turn right on State Park Road, which leads into the state park. From Mooresville take Hwy 150 west to Perth Church Rd. Go 6 Miles and turn left on State Park Road which enters the park. The front entrance is locked at dusk and we set up at the NEW Swimming area.

Mt. Mitchell Overlook

This is one of those overlooks where you pull off up a hill and the parking area loops around.  The weather here is much more stable that on top of Mt. Mitchell.  This is a great site for deep-sky observing.  The Mt. Mitchell Overlook is on the Blue Ridge Parkway at mile marker 351.  Take NC 80 from Marion NC to the Parkway.  Head South on the Parkway.  After you pass through three tunnels, the Mt. Mitchell Overlook will be the next one on the right.

Important Note

At any of these locations, please approach the observing site with your parking lights on only. Look for a red light to guide you to the rest of the group. We also ask that you park so that when you leave you will not have to back out. Headlights and backup lights destroy the night vision of others.  Thank you.