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Get Ready For The 2017 Eclipse!

Get Ready For The 2017 Eclipse!

The eclipse is just a few days away! Here is a slightly updated account of information on the eclipse from the National park Service:

Where Can I See The Eclipse?

The entire western half of Great Smoky Mountains National Park will fall under the path of totality for the eclipse, providing opportunities for viewing, weather permitting. The park is currently planning organized public viewing events at three locations in the park: Clingmans Dome; Cades Cove; and Oconaluftee. Visit the Great Smoky Mountains Association page to buy an Eclipse Regional Map.

Clingmans Dome: Clingmans Dome Trailhead parking area will be converted to a special ticketed event site for experiencing the eclipse with the assistance of experts, educational exhibits, and story tellers. The Clingmans Dome tower will be limited to MEDIA ACCESS ONLY, but there are many opportunities for viewing from the parking area and along the 0.5 mile trail to the tower. Tickets for the Clingmans Dome event are sold out. Any cancelled tickets will become available to the public again, so visit recreation.gov regularly to watch for cancellations. You must have a ticket to attend the event at Clingmans Dome. NASA will be streaming live from Clingmans Dome and other locations around the country. Watch the NASA Livestream on August 21. Clingmans Dome Road will be closed on Sunday, August 20th and Monday, August 21st to accommodate the special event. Call 865-436-1585 with questions about the event.

Cades Cove and Oconaluftee: The park is currently planning to host informal staff- guided eclipse viewing sites at Cable Mill (Cades Cove) and Oconaluftee Visitor Center. There will be no charge to participate. Vehicle access to these sites, though, may be closed when parking becomes full or roads become congested.

The Park is still working on details for these events, so check back here often for updated information as it becomes available.

Visitors may view the eclipse from other areas of the park on your own, though due to the influx of eclipse viewers during the already-busy season, the Park Service may need to close certain areas on August 21st to reduce gridlock, which may include Newfound Gap Road and Cades Cove.

See more on the upcoming eclipse and any updates to it at https://www.nps.gov/grsm/planyourvisit/2017-solar-eclipse.htm.

August Smoky Mountain Eclipse

August Smoky Mountain Eclipse

Have you heard the news? If not, you’re about to hear it here – the Smoky Mountains are going to be able to see a partial solar eclipse as it comes over head on August 21st, 2017.

From the National Park Service:

“The entire western half of Great Smoky Mountains National Park will fall under the path of totality for the eclipse, providing opportunities for viewing, weather permitting. The park is currently planning organized public viewing events at three locations in the park: Clingmans Dome; Cades Cove; and Oconaluftee.”

“Visitors may view the eclipse from other areas of the park on your own, though due to the influx of eclipse viewers during the already-busy season, the Park Service may need to close certain areas on August 21st to reduce gridlock, which may include Newfound Gap Road and Cades Cove.

Furthermore, our educational partner, the Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont, is planning a special multi-day Science Camp for high school aged students over the eclipse weekend and event.

You can see more information from the National Park Service at https://www.nps.gov/grsm/planyourvisit/2017-solar-eclipse.htm.

Man, that’s going to be an awesome way to end the Summer here in the Smokies! Just be sure not to look directly at the sun as it can heavily damage your eyes. The eclipse will be in view from 1:00PM to roughly 4:00PM that day.

You can also make your own viewing device with it using instructions found here: https://www.timeanddate.com/eclipse/solar/2017-august-21.

Come out to the Smokies and get an awesome, high-elevation look at the August eclipse!