If you’re in need of a beautiful place to stargaze in Maine, look no further.
A new study in the Journal of Environmental Management found that there are only a handful of locations left in the U.S. where you can eye a “pristine” sky without light pollution, the Washington Post reported Tuesday.
Maine was the only state east of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan to make the list.
So we asked our readers where their favorite spots are in Maine to catch a beautiful night sky, and they didn’t disappoint. Here are some of your top recommendations, lightly edited for clarity.
Have a favorite spot that’s not on this list? Let us know in the comments below.
Kevin Culleton, Facebook: “Halfway between Loring Air Force Base and Fort Fairfield just after mid-shift back in the late ’80s. I would sometimes stop and get out of the car to just look at the multitude of stars you never see otherwise. It’s humbling.”
Justin Breen, Facebook: “Honestly right here in Warren, Maine. I went coyote hunting once or twice and the nights with no moon are amazing.”
Linda Harvey, Facebook: “Schoodic Lake, Lakeview Plantation.”
Sharon Birmingham, Facebook: “On Toddy Pond in Surry.”
@mainelybeth, Twitter: “Sunsets [in] Wilton.”
Sunset Wilton pic.twitter.com/pxiYZq0R0Z
— Beth (@mainelybeth) August 6, 2019
Faye Booker, Facebook: “Moosehead Lake, on a boat, out in [the] middle of its 20-mile width!”
Cindy White, Facebook: “Sunday Pond. Right outside of Baxter State Park. No light pollution.”
Jasmine Ireland, Facebook: “Portage Lake!”
Norman Bamford, Facebook: “Definitely Steuben.”
Bill Ingalls, Facebook: “Snowshoe Lake.”
Del Nason, Facebook: “Top of Pirate Hill in Lambert Lake Twp. Can see forever on a clear night. Living the last decade in southern Maine I miss nights where it’s so dark and quiet your ears hurt.”
@amshebron, Twitter: “Top of the hill on Greenwood Mountain Road in Hebron!”
Scott Erskine, Facebook: “Sand Beach and Jordan Pond in January, both in Acadia.”
Judi Jacobs Look, Facebook: “Moose Pond, Bridgton.”
@ScottMGagnon, Twitter: “Some random blueberry barren in Machias watching a meteor shower.”