PHOTO COURTESY OF NATIONAL PARK SERVICE
Chickasaw National Recreation Area Ranger Sarah Puckette prepares a park telescope prior to a Friday night Star Party at Veterans Lake Dam.The weekly event goes on through the summer as part of a series of nature programs.
PHOTO BY JON WILSON
CNRA Park Guide Ashley Loper presents a nature program at the amphitheater at Buckhorn Campground recently.The programs are presented on Saturday nights as part of a series offered through the summer on weekends in the park.
Visitors Pack Park For Weekend Fun
Following a busy July 4th holiday period, the Chickasaw National Recreation Area continued to be a very popular destination for visitors seeking scenic beauty, swimming, camping, hiking, and picnicking experiences.
By Saturday afternoon July 20, Rangers had to close new visitor access to the eastern part of the Platt Historic District due to lack of vehicle parking. First they closed the gate across the southeast entrance to the district on the Perimeter Road. Then, they dealt with a traffic bottleneck created by the need to close the northeast entrance on that road. Both of those roadway entrances join U. S. Highway 177.
This past weekend saw the park in the middle of its series of CNRA Summer Programs for visitors. From Fridays through Sundays this summer visitors could choose from several nature programs.
On Friday nights starting at 9:00, the park provides telescopes and an area away from “light pollution” to view the moon, planets and heavenly bodies. The Ranger-led Star Parties are held at Veterans Lake Dam. A night hike also starts at 9:00 p.m. Sign up for the hike in the morning at the Travertine Nature Center.
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