2017 Solar Eclipse in Blue Ridge GA

Get Totally Eclipsed in Blue Ridge -
2 Pairs of Solar Eclipse Glasses -- FREE!

August 21, 2017

Spend the weekend August 19-21 in a Blue Ridge/Fannin County hotel, B & B or cabin and watch the historic Total Eclipse of the Sun on Monday, August 21, and we’ll give you 2 pairs of free commemorative Solar Eclipse glasses.  Simply come by the visitor center and show us your lodging receipt.  Participating lodging providers can also pick them up for you in advance. 

On August 21, 2017 there will be a total eclipse of the sun that can be seen in totality in parts of the North Georgia Mountains, including the Blue Ridge area.  This will be the first total solar eclipse visible in the U.S. in 38 years, and the next one won't take place until April 8, 2024.  

What is a Solar Eclipse?

According to NASA, a solar eclipse takes place when the moon casts a shadow on Earth, fully or partially blocking the sun's light in some areas. The total eclipse, when the sun is completely blocked by the moon, will last up to two minutes and 40 seconds, depending on your location. The lunar shadow will enter the U.S. in Oregon and totality begins at 10:16 a.m. in Lincoln City, Oregon. The total eclipse ends in Charleston S.C. at 2:48 p.m., and the lunar shadow leaves the U.S. at 4:09 p.m. 

With over 1,100 rental cabins, hotels and B&Bs, Georgia's Blue Ridge is the perfect place to stay! In Blue Ridge, the partial phase of totality will begin at 1:04:55 p.m., with totality starting at 2:35:07 p.m.  The town of Blue Ridge is on the southern edge of the shadow, so totality, when the moon's shadow fully blocks the sun's light, only lasts for 35 seconds.  However north and east of Blue Ridge in Fannin County, in McCaysville and Morganton, the totality lasts longer up to 1 minute 59 seconds. You are better off to find a place to watch that is east and north of Blue Ridge. Then come back to town for all the Eclipse festivities.  

Where and How to Watch

Find a clear spot with a good view of the sky.  You can see the sun and the eclipse wearing special eclipse glasses; do not look at the sun without safety glasses.  Here are some examples:

Chamber Visitor Center at 152 Orvin Lance Drive - 55 seconds of totality at 2:34:50 p.m.

Blue Ridge Scenic Railway Eclipse Train - click here for details
Serenberry Vineyards - click here for details
Rolling Thunder River Company Eclipse Raft Trip - click here for details

Lake Blue Ridge Dam - 1 minute 2 seconds of totality at 2:34:50 p.m.
Morganton Point Recreation Area - 1 minute 8 seconds of totality at 2:34:50 p.m.
Horseshoe Bend Park in McCaysville - 1 minute 31 seconds of totality at 2:34:15 p.m.
Downtown McCaysville - 1 minute 35 seconds of totality at 2:34:10 p.m
Ocoee Whitewater Center - 1 minute 46 minutes of totality at 2:33:45 p.m.

 

2017 Solar Eclipse in Blue Ridge GA

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