Directions To Darling Hill Observatory

These are the directions to The Darling Hill Observatory where we have member and public viewing nights during the season according to our calendar.

Darling Hill Observatory

(the map is centered on Darling Hill Observatory)


– Take Interstate 81 to the TULLY Exit 14 (20 minutes from Syracuse or Cortland).

– Turn WEST on ROUTE 80 (the Burger King Direction, NOT the Nice n’ Easy Direction).

– Travel 3.3 miles to VESPER.


– Travel SOUTH on STRONG ROAD (it winds a bit) for 0.4 miles (at the poorly marked fork in the road, head up the Big Hill to the LEFT).

– Drive for about 1 mile. Look for an OPEN GATE on the RIGHT with a large sign saying “Syracuse Astronomical Society.”

– Turn RIGHT and drive on up the hill.

– If it is dark, remember to turn your headlights off and use your parking lights (otherwise you will affect other observers’ night vision).

– Park in the meadow and proceed up to the observatory building.