The Aug. 21 total solar eclipse will stretch across the U.S. from Oregon to South Carolina. Along the path of totality – the area where the moon will most cover the sun – are 21 national parks and seven trails, including the Great Smoky Mountain National Park in Tennessee.
The entire western half of Great Smoky Mountain National Park will fall under the path of totality for the eclipse, park officials said. The park is planning viewing events at three locations in the park: Clingmans Dome, Cades Code and Oconaluftee.
Here are details on the events at Great Smoky Mountain National Park:
Clingmans Dome: The parking area will be converted to a special ticket event site for experiencing the eclipse with the assistance of experts, education exhibits and storytellers. Viewing for the public is available from the parking area or along the 0.5 mile trail to the Clingman’s Dome Tower. Here’s the bad news – the event is sold out. However, any cancelled tickets will be made available to the public, so check back at recreation.gov regularly to watch for cancellations.
Clingmans Dome Road will be closed on Sunday, Aug. 20 and Monday, Aug. 21 to accommodate the special 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 details for these events is still being determined.
Visitors may view the eclipse from other areas of the park, though due to the influx of visitors during an already-busy season, the park service may close certain areas on Aug. 21 to reduce gridlock.
Park Service tips
No matter where you plan to view the eclipse, there are some tips you need to know before you go. These are from the National Park Service:
- Protect your eyes. Bring your eclipse glasses. You don’t want to arrive and discover the local stores are all sold out. The eclipse will be amazing, but it’s not worth your eyesight. Learn more about safely viewing the eclipse.
- Driving. Get there early; parking could be scarce.
- Pack a picnic. Snacks, water, and a lunch will help make waiting for the big event enjoyable.
7 August 2017 10:30 pm
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