The Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute (PARI) is located at a former NASA facility. The 200-acre historic campus includes
hiking trails, hands-on space and earth science exhibit galleries, scenic mountain views and 2-hour private campus tours. It showcases a collection of gems, minerals, rare meteorites and samples from Mars and the Moon. Located about an hour west of downtown Hendersonville.
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.
Reservations are required for any size group. Call for for public hours and to make a reservation 828-862-5554.
Visit site: https://www.pari.edu/visit/