Total Solar Eclipse plans announced for Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites

The solar eclipse will be near 100% over the charming Bavarian village of Helen, Georgia. Smithgall Woods State Park will be hosting a special viewing event.

A total solar eclipse will take place across much of the United States on August 21, 2017. Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites are preparing with major plans at state parks and historic sites across the Peach State.

Tallulah Gorge State Park, for example, is planning a Solar Eclipse Festival from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. on August 21st. It will be at the Jane Hurt Yard Interpretive Center, which also has a limited number of viewing glasses available for a small price. Other viewing locations will be available throughout the park. Parking is limited so make plans now if you hope to attend!

Vogel State Park will host a Total Eclipse of the Park event from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. on August 21st. Information and activities will center around the Lake Pavilion where kids can made a pinhole camera for $1 or a color-changing bracelet for $2. Viewing glasses will also be available for $2.

Skywatchers can check out the eclipse from the water at Fort McAllister State Park. Several other Georgia State Parks are also offering water events.

If you would like to check out the eclipse from the water, you can do that at Don Carter State Park’s Solar Eclipse by Kayak, Richard B. Russell State Park’s Solar Eclipse Paddle, Fort King George Historic Site’s Eclipse Paddling Trip and Fort McAllister State Park’s Super Spectacular Sharktooth Island Solar Paddle.

If you will be visiting Georgia’s Bavarian village of Helen on August 21st, be sure to check out Smithgall Woods State Park’s Smithgall State Park’s Smithgall Solar Event. Admission will be $10 plus a $5 parking fee. Viewing glasses are included in the program cost and park vans will take visitors to the viewing spot where they will be able to see the eclipse through the park’s two Celestron telescopes.

Accommodations are filling quickly so be sure to check now if you hope to stay in a Georgia State Park for the eclipse. You can check their Total Eclipse 2017 page by visiting:

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