Don’t Miss The Great American Solar Eclipse of 2017!

On August 21, 2017, day will turn to night, the temperature will drop, the sun will disappear completely and a total solar eclipse will make its way across the United States. Haywood County will witness the eclipse around 2:30 p.m. EDT. It’s time to start planning your visit! The Great Smoky Mountains of North Carolina is a pristine location for witnessing this rare event.

In these parts, we often say “a stay here stays with you.” Come enjoy the Great American Eclipse of 2017 surrounded by the majestic elevations of the Great Smoky Mountains and you’re sure to leave with a memory that will last a lifetime.

 

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Why the Fuss?

  • From the Smoky Mountains you’ll be able to see the surrounding landscape darken and brighten again as the dark shadow of the moon races across the sun.
  • During the eclipse, the temperature will drop by about 10 degrees.
  • The 2017 total solar eclipse will only be visible from the western portion of North Carolina.
  • It has been 38 years since the continental U.S. has seen a total solar eclipse, and the first eclipse visible in North Carolina since 1970.
  • North Carolina is 1 of only 12 states in the eclipse’s Path of Totality.
  • “Path of Totality.” The moon completely blocks the sun. This means anywhere in the continental U.S. will have a view the eclipse up to 60% and the partial eclipse will be viewable for 2 to 3 hours.
  • Haywood County will have a view of a 95% eclipse—almost a total eclipse—lasting around 1 minute! Very rare and very worth seeing!
  • Bright stars and planets will become visible.

 

How to Plan Your Eclipse Trip

Plan ahead!

  • Come up early. We are expecting a lot of traffic, especially in Maggie Valley and Waynesville, so do not wait until the day of to drive up.
  • Request off work! Because a total solar eclipse is so rare, it is going to be a very popular vacation day. And since it falls on a Monday, vacation rentals and hotels are already filling up for eclipse weekend!
  • Make dinner reservations. There will be a lot of people going out to dinner after the eclipse viewing.
  • Enjoy a long weekend. Give yourself time to fully experience all Haywood County has to offer.
  • Attend eclipse events all weekend long. See below for more info or follow along on our Facebook Event Page for the latest updates.

 

Get protective eye gear.

You MUST wear protective eclipse sunglasses (regular sunglasses are NOT enough). Pick up a pair of your own here at the Visit NC Smokies Visitor Center in Maggie Valley or any of these locations: Cabbage Rose, Lowes, Mast General, Bearwaters Brewing Co, Affairs of the Heart, Ingles, Waynesville Library, and several other local Haywood County businesses.

** Do not look at the sun through a camera, telescope, binoculars or any other optical device while using your eclipse glasses or handheld solar viewer—the concentrated solar rays will damage the filter and enter your eyes, causing serious injury. **

Find a place to watch the eclipse:

Get above the mountain tree lines for the best views. Below are some of the best spots to see the 95–99.95% eclipse in Haywood County.

  1. Attend an Eclipse Viewing Event – See all events below.
  2. From the front porch of your cabin – Book now at many of our local cabin rentals before it’s too late!
  3. Maggie Valley – From anywhere in the valley you will have a 99.95% eclipse.
    • Maggie Valley Festival Grounds will be open to the public with restrooms available.
  4. Lake Junaluska  Rent a paddleboard or kayak to watch the eclipse from the lake or enjoy a leisurely 3 mile stroll around the lake.
  5. Waynesville – Don’t miss the celestial celebrations going on all weekend.
  6. Blue Ridge Parkway – Many vistas and overlooks will be crowded and full early in the day. If you would like to view the eclipse from the Parkway make sure to start your adventure early in the day and pack your patience!

 

Attend Eclipse Events:

• Wednesday, August 9th •

What You Need to Know About Eclipses – 4pm
Join local astronomy professor Enrique Gomez at the Waynesville Library for a program discussing the upcoming solar eclipse! The library will be handing out free eclipse viewing glasses after the program, and all library branches will have glasses available starting August 9th, while supplies last.
(828) 356-2511 | 678 S Haywood St, Waynesville, NC 28786

Art & Wine Night: Eclipse Painting @ B C Winery – 6pm
$35/person. Hosted by Maggie Valley Gift Shop come paint an eclipse themed canvas with step by step instructions at B C Winery. Price includes all painting materials, finger foods and a glass of wine. Painting class will last about 2 hours.
(828) 356-2511 | 2499 Soco Road, Maggie Valley, NC 28751

• Thursday, August 17th •

Total Solar Eclipse Painting @ Frog Level Brewing – 7pm
$25/person. Enjoy a tasty pint of liquid creativity as you paint an eclipse themed canvas. Reservations required, all paint materials included in the price.
(828) 356-2511 | 2499 Soco Road, Maggie Valley, NC 28751

• Saturday, August 19th •

Total Eclipse of the Art – Celestial Celebration Kick Off – 10am-8pm
Waynesville Gallery Association, Downtown Waynesville Association and Visit NC Smokies presents Total Eclipse of the Art! Join participating businesses in Waynesville kicking off the Celestial weekend with discounts, souvenirs, treats, drink specials, live music, raffles and more. Galleries will be open until 8pm. See facebook event for some celestial specials! 

• Sunday, August 20th •

BearWaters Brewing Eclipse Beer Release
Open to public. Join BearWaters Brewing Company for the release of their Eclipse Beer “Night and Day” a coffee-infused blonde ale with a commemorative pint glass AND eclipse glasses, $12 (glass only – $7). Sunday & Monday.
(828) 237-4200 | 101 Park Street, Canton, NC 28716

• Monday, August 21st •

Eclipse Viewing Party
Enjoy specials and live music at Maggie Valley’s Rendezvous Restaurant while sitting at a poolside tiki bar!
(828) 926-0201 | 70 Soco Rd, Maggie Valley, NC 28751

Cabbage Rose Solar Eclipse Party | 1 – 5pm
Open to public. Bring your lawn chair and hula hoops and come enjoy a kid friendly, fun filled day of live music on the porch! Enjoy cornhole, football, bubbles, a costume contest for best tin foil hat, and more. Also enjoy 10% off entire store.
(828) 926-3079 | 3388 Soco Road, Maggie Valley, NC 28751

BearWaters Brewing Eclipse Beer Release
Open to public. Join BearWaters Brewing Company for the release of their Eclipse Beer “Night and Day” a coffee-infused blonde ale with a commemorative pint glass AND eclipse glasses, $12 (glass only – $7). Sunday & Monday.
(828) 237-4200 | 101 Park Street, Canton, NC 28716
Get a Little Moonshine in the Sunshine | 10 – 7pm
Open to public. Elevated Mountain Distilling is in the heart of Maggie Valley and they will be celebrating the eclipse by having 10% off all merchandise (excluding Spirits). 1/2 price tours Friday 8/18 – Tuesday 8/22.
(828) 944-0766

Eclipse at the Ranch | 12-4pm
Limited to 100 guests. 360 degree views in a high elevation meadow at Cataloochee Ranch. Indulge in a chuckwagon cookout while listening to storyteller Native American Lloyd Arneach. See special eclipse lodging rates and guest discounts below. $150/ person.
(828) 926-1401 for reservations | 119 Ranch Drive, Maggie Valley, NC 28751

Lake Logan Solar Eclipse Viewing
$13 for non-guests. See below for eclipse package info. Watch the eclipse lakeside with a provide box lunch. Rent sailboats or kayaks and explore Lake Logan!
(828) 646-0095 | 25 Wormy Chestnut Lane, Canton, NC 28716

Dark in the Park*
*Overnight Guests Only. Guests at Creekwood Farm RV Park can enjoy “Dark” themed snacks and hors d’oeuvres. Competitions including Costume Contest and Best Galactic Site decoration. See below for eclipse package rates.
(828) 926-7977 | 4696 Jonathan Creek Rd, Waynesville, NC 28785

 

Book a place to stay:


Lambuth Inn, Lake Junaluska

•    2 Nights Lodging in Lambuth Inn (west side of the inn)
•    2 Buffet Breakfasts
•    Solar Eclipse Glasses

Starting from $199 for two people! That’s a savings of 50% off room rate!
800-222-4930 or [email protected]. See more at www.lakejunaluska.com/packages.

 

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Creekwood Village, Maggie Valley

•    3 Nights Lodging in 2–3 bedroom cabins
•    Private fishing ponds on-site stocked with Rainbow Trout
•    Float a tube on Jonathan Creek (beside the property)

10% off nightly rate (3-night minimum). Mention TDA Eclipse when you call to book your stay.
877-926-3341 or visit www.creekwoodvillageresort.com/cabins.

 


Cataloochee Ranch, Maggie Valley

•    Private event for solar eclipse, limited to 100 outside attendees
•    Chuckwagon cookout
•    Discount on exclusive solar eclipse viewing celebration

Stay 1 night, and save 50% on the eclipse celebration. Stay 2 nights, save 75%. Stay 3 nights and enjoy the eclipse celebration for FREE!
828-926-1401 or visit http://www.cataloocheeranch.com/.

 

Lake Logan Conference Center, Canton

•    Solar Eclipse Glasses
•    3 meals starting with dinner on Sunday the 20th
•    Lakeside views

Call for discounted rates and packages for groups starting either Sunday night or Monday night.
(828) 646-0095 or visit http://www.lakelogan.org/.

Creekwood Farm RV Park, Waynesville

  • Solar Eclipse Glasses for Premium Sites
  • Exclusive Dark in the Park event with snacks and prize contests.
  • Cabin and RV sites available

Cabins: $89/night. Off-creek sites: $44/night. On-creek sites: $53/night. Premium On-creek sites: $85. Call for group rates and more event details.
(828) 646-0095 or visit http://creekwoodfarmrv.com/.


Another total solar eclipse will not occur over the U.S. until April 8, 2024. Don’t let this opportunity to view it right here in Western North Carolina pass you by!
If you are a Haywood County business and will be having specials or hosting events during the eclipse weekend please email [email protected] with info about your event/specials!

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