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Eclipse Events Around the Park

Posted by | 08.07.2017
Don't be Blinded by the Light
Keep these tips in mind when planning for the big day!
  • Safety First 
Special viewing glasses are a must! During the eclipse, you must view the event through solar filters except at the moment when the moon fully blocks the sun.
  • Get Where You're Goin'
Make sure to get on the road early. If you haven't planned your trip, there's more than a few great options for viewing the eclipse in totality. Our regional map can help you decide. The sooner you get to your chosen viewing place, the better! 
  • Prepare to Sit in Your Car
August is a busy time for travel, and this once-in-a-lifetime eclipse will only add to that fact. Anticipate traffic, overcrowded parking lots, and potential road closures. Gas up and be sure to pack plenty of snacks, water, and music; you could get stuck on the road for a bit.
  • Get your Eclipse Swag
The last eclipse to pass over the United States was in 1918; the next will cast its shadow in 2024. In other words, this is far from an everyday occurrence. Appreciate, celebrate and remember it with our eclipse-themed merch. 
  • Enjoy the Moment
In the chaos of planning, traveling, and traffic, it's easy to forget why you left home to begin with. Once you get where you're going, relax and observe one of nature's grandest spectacles. It's truly rare!

Total Solar Eclipse Happenings

Around Great Smoky Mountains National Park



What's happening inside GSMNP on Monday, August 21?
Click to LEARN MORE about events planned for Cades Cove, Oconaluftee Visitor Center, and the sold-out Clingmans Dome viewing.



Great Smoky Mountains Hot Air Balloon Festival -- The Townsend Visitor Center, which includes the Great Smoky Mountains Association bookstore, will remain open until 8 p.m. Saturday, August 19.



Be sure to stop by the Swain County Visitor Center and Heritage Museum when you're in Bryson City for the All-American Total Solar Eclipse. Click HERE to see a full schedule of events planned in Bryson City, North Carolina.


Great Smoky Mountains Association has chartered four pontoons for a half-day cruise during the Total Solar Eclipse. While the boats are full, the best "dam" view of the eclipse may very well be from atop Fontana Dam along the Appalachian Trail.