In case you haven’t heard, there is a total solar eclipse coming August 21 of this year. There is a small path in Georgia from which you can see the eclipse in totality. If your family is like ours, you want to maximize on this phenomenon, so we’ve collected a list of places where you can visit to see the event.
If you can’t make it out of Atlanta, then you definitely need some glasses (although, in point, everyone should get some.) Please see our link at the end of this post. From Atlanta only a very short partial eclipse sighting will be available.
And as with everything….the sun has to be visible for any of this to be possible…so we hope it isn’t cloudy or dreary on this special Monday afternoon in August, when a total eclipse will be visible from the US for the first time in 38 years!
You’ll begin to see the partial eclipse at 1:05pm, with the total eclipse beginning at 2:34pm and lasting almost 2 minutes.
Brasstown Bald is the highest point in Blairsville, and in fact, in all of Georgia. It’s well above the tree line and would make an outstanding location from which to view the eclipse.
If you want to stay overnight on Sunday, to be there early on Monday then I’d recommend a cabin at Vogel State Park. Looking for other fun ways to explore the area? We’ve got a list of 9 free things for nature lovers in Blairsville.
You’ll begin to see the partial eclipse at 1:04pm, with the total eclipse beginning at 2:35pm and lasting almost 35 seconds.
Blue Ridge is one of our favorite North Georgia towns, with plenty to do for the previous weekend and an extended stay for the eclipse. Here is our list of 52 was to explore the city, but I think the highlight of the eclipse viewing might be on the gorgeous Lake Blue Ridge….possibly on a pontoon boat (rentals available.)
Dillard/Tallulah Falls and all of Rabun County
You’ll begin to see the partial eclipse at 1:06pm in Dillard, with the total eclipse beginning at 2:35pm and lasting 2 minutes and 38 seconds. Just a note, the total eclipse MAX is only 2 minutes and 40 seconds…so Dillard is the place to be for this event!!
Rabun County is taking full advantage of the event, and we couldn’t be more excited. Don’t miss the “OUTASITE” total eclipse festival happening in the county. It begins Saturday night with Bluegrass music playing on the square in Tallulah Falls, an Eclipse Golf Tournament on Sunday afternoon at Sky Valley Country Club, an eclipse info session with the experts at Rabun Gap – Nacoochee School on Sunday evening.
All of this culminates to the viewing party at the school Monday with music, food and screens showing the NASA walkthrough of events.
Additionally, everyone is invited to Tallulah Gorge State Park for a free viewing events during the eclipse. Just up the road is Black Rock Mountain, the highest State Park in all of Georgia with additional areas for ideal viewing, as well.
Want to make it a weekend? You’ll want to book a room at The Dillard House Inn and Restaurant!
You’ll begin to see the partial eclipse at 1:06pm, with the total eclipse beginning at 2:35pm and lasting 1 minute and 41 seconds.
Helen is an ideal place to spend the weekend prior to the eclipse, so be sure to book your cabin early. The pinnacle of Yonah Mountain Trail is a 4+ mile moderate to difficult hike, but if you can make it then it is a breathtaking place to see the eclipse from Helen.
You’ll begin to see the partial eclipse at 1:06pm, with the total eclipse beginning at 2:35pm and lasting 2 minutes and 27 seconds.
Most people don’t know about Bell Mountain, but it’s paved now and offers a great view of Lake Chatuge…what a great place to be for the eclipse.
Stay at The Ridges Marina and Resort for an incredible weekend, and then head to Bell Mtn early to stake out your spot. We’ve got dozens of ways for you to explore over the weekend while you visit.
You’ll begin to see the partial eclipse at 1:07pm, with the total eclipse beginning at 2:36pm and lasting almost 2 minutes.
Of course, the draw in Toccoa is Toccoa Falls…a great place to explore before or after your viewing experience. We recommend visiting Currahee Mountain for your viewing experience…it’s the last mountain in the Blue Ridge chain and the tallest peak in the county.
And in South Carolina
Georgetown County’s Hammock Coast
From the ability to experience the eclipse on a Black River kayak tour to the serenity of Brookgreen Gardens, the Hammock Coast, which is comprised of five communities – Garden City, Murrells Inlet, Pawleys Island, Litchfield and Georgetown – is a great place to enjoy the eclipse along the SC coast.
Georgetown County has emerged as a go-to vacation spot for travelers that enjoy the best of what coastal South Carolina has to offer – history, stunning lowcountry beauty, eco-tourism and a relaxing setting. It offers an abundance of accommodations for guests, including beachfront homes, hotels, cozy bed and breakfasts and camping. No matter where you stay along the Hammock Coast, the area’s stunning natural beauty is never far away.
Finish in Isle of Palms
The eclipse will finish it’s North American show right over Charleston and Isle of Palms. This once-in-a-lifetime viewing of the full eclipse will be visible at Charleston’s barrier island resort Wild Dunes Resort. You’ll appreciate escaping the city light to fully experience this unforgettable phenomenon at Wild Dunes Resort on August 21, 2017 at 2:48 p.m.
Guests can stay at the resort for three or more nights August 18-22, 2017 for rates starting at just $379/night, including:
- Nightly accommodations in the AA Four-Diamond Rated Boardwalk Inn or the Village at Wild Dunes guestrooms and suites
- Reserved beach chair rentals for the day for the best view on the island (includes two beach chairs and an umbrella)
- $25 Resort credit to the Grand Pavilion Bar & Grill
- A solar eclipse gift pack-think special viewing glasses and glow-in-the-dark merchandise!
*Based on availability for new reservations for two night minimum stays August 18-22, 2017. Package rate exclusive of taxes and fees. Subject to change without notice. Cannot be combined with other offers. Restrictions apply.
Eclipse Eye Protection
Please protect yourself and wear the right eye protection for the eclipse. You can get affordable eye protection here (5 pack of paper glasses for under $15) or a pair of top-notch wrap-around spectacles here.
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After 18 years in software development, Lesli bailed on the corporate scene. When she’s not traveling, she’s hiking in the mountains or checking out Atlanta’s culinary scene, whiskey in hand.
Lesli has two kiddos -Cooper and Elliot- plus two bonus kids currently at UGA, and she’s happily married to her soul mate.