6 Best Places to See the 2017 Solar Eclipse in Georgia (+ 2 Can’t-Miss SC Locations)

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.

Solar Eclipse Georgia

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!

Blairsville

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.

 

Blue Ridge/McCaysville

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!

 

Helen/Cleveland

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.

  

Hiawassee/Young Harris

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.

 

Toccoa

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.

Want more Info about this specific solar eclipse? We love these facts from astronomy.com Or work on some of these fun solar eclipse projects for kiddos.

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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.

 

12 Comments on "6 Best Places to See the 2017 Solar Eclipse in Georgia (+ 2 Can’t-Miss SC Locations)"

  1. The top of Stone Mountain at Stone Mountain Park would not be a good option?

    • Lesli Peterson | 01/11/2017 at 9:53 pm | Reply

      It’s a great place to see the partial eclipse, but it’s not in the path of the FULL eclipse. That’s only hitting the northeast corner of the state 🙂

  2. Please add us to the Blairsville places to see the Solar Eclipse. We are also added to the local Chamber Of Commence of places to stop at. We will be selling Hot Dogs and the special glasses during the event. WE are Crossing Creeks RV Resort & Spa, 136 Mountain Creek Rd, Blairsville, GA Contact Jan Roller 239-770-2672

  3. If you can’t make the 4 mile hike in Helen because of young kids, what would be another good place near there?

  4. Thanks so much for this information! Just what I was looking for. Question: my 87 year old mother wants to see the eclipse– her last chance, she says– my challenge/question is: where should we go that we can drive, park and be in a good place to see the eclipse? IE- no hiking, no difficult terrain etc for my mom. We would be starting early in the morning from Atlanta. Any help appreciated– thanks!

  5. Wildcat Lodge & Campground in Suches, Ga would be a great place to spend the weekend and watch the eclipse. http://www.wildcatsuches.com

  6. Chattanooga TN is advertising this in their city, on all TV stations there and folks as far away as Austrilia are booking there. I live in the most south eat part of TN a few minutes from NC and GA state lines, I plan to watch from my backyard or the top of Kimsey Mountain nearby. Pray for a sunny day. I think any mountain top around here would be as good as any. Nearby hwy spots could be –Boyd Gap, outside of Ducktown TN, any of the overlooks of the mountain above Parksville lake and the Ocoee River–all these are on or right off hwy 64 through Polk County TN. In western NC-eastern TN; The Cherohala Skyway is not only a beautiful drive but the highest mountain range in this area—should be able to see it there PLUS you will get to enjoy a beautiful drive with breathtaking views–better then the Smokey Mountains I think and no where near the traffic. This is right outside Tellico TN and Robbinsville NC, depending on which side you come onto the mountain from; this beautiful mountain range is in both states. Enjoy either of these rides at this time or any other time of the year. I love in GOD’S country, and consider myself VERY blessed to live where I do. Hope these ideas will be helpful. Hop onto WRCB-TV 3 in Chattanooga TN to see more details

  7. Directions for Bell Mountain?

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