Need last-minute eclipse plans? These Georgia state parks are hosting awesome solar eclipse events

1:45 p.m Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017 Things to Do in Atlanta

Time is running out for all you procrastinators out there. We’re officially one week away from the Great American Eclipse on Aug. 21.

But it’s not too late to make plans for the big event. In Georgia, locals won’t have to travel too far. 

The eclipse’s centerline path of totality — where the moon completely blocks the sun, the earth goes dark and the sun’s corona shimmers in the blackened sky — only grazes the northeast corner of the state, but luckily, state parks all over Georgia are inviting audiences to participate in watch parties and special events.

Note that several parks still have available accommodations, but some are already completely booked between Aug. 20 and Aug. 22.

Park events require a $5 parking fee and some may also require additional admission fees.

Be sure to call ahead to make reservations if you plan on lodging, camping or attending one of the park events.

Tallulah Gorge State Park

Accommodations for Sunday, Aug. 20 through Tuesday Aug. 22 are full. 

1-3 p.m. EDT

Event contact number: 706-754-7981

The event will take place at the Jane Hurt Yarn Interpretive Center but viewing areas are open throughout the park. The gift shop will be open with concessions and other merchandise available for purchasing around the park.  

Black Rock Mountain State Park

Accommodations for Sunday, Aug. 20 through Tuesday Aug. 22 are full. 

1-4 p.m. EDT

Event contact number: 706-746-2141

Head to the top of the mountain for a stellar view of the eclipse, concessions and more.

10 a.m.-12 p.m. EDT

Event contact number: 706-746-2141

Meet with volunteer Les Barnett and a Mellenger Center park naturalist in this special edition event where you’ll be able to build your own canjo in celebration of the eclipse.

Vogel State Park

Accommodations for Sunday, Aug. 20 through Tuesday Aug. 22 are full. 

10 a.m.-4 p.m. EDT

Event contact number: 706-745-2628

Learn how to view the eclipse safely, bring the kids along for a science lesson and some arts and crafts and catch the solar eclipse in all its totality.

Richard B. Russell State Park

Accommodations for Sunday, Aug. 20 through Tuesday Aug. 22 are full. 

Both the Solar Eclipse Paddle and Solar Eclipse Pontoon Boat Ride events at Richard B. Russell State Park are completely full.

Elijah Clark State Park

1-3 p.m. EDT

Event contact number: 706-358-3458

Grab your paddle and view the solar eclipse from Clarks Hill Lake.

Don Carter State Park

The Solar Eclipse by Kayak/Canoe event is completely full.

Smithgall Woods State Park

Accommodations for Sunday, Aug. 20 through Tuesday Aug. 22 are full. 

1-3 p.m. EDT

Event contact number: 706-878-3087

Smithgall Woods will have two Celestron telescopes during the solar eclipse viewing party.

Fort King George State Historic Site

1-4:15 p.m. EDT

Admission: $50

Event contact number: 912-437-4770

Kayak to Butler Island for the solar eclipse. From this location, about 94 percent of the sun will be obscured.

Fort McAllister State Park

2:30-4:30 p.m. EDT

Admission: $75

Event contact number: 912-727-2339

Grab a hot dog and cold drink after paddling to Shark Tooth Island to watch the solar eclipse. From here, about 94 percent of the sun will be obscured. 

Fort Yargo State Park

2-3 p.m. EDT

Event contact number: 770-867-3489

Head to the Beach Pavillion roof for solar eclipse viewing. Fort Yargo is not in the direct path of totality, but viewers will experience a 99 percent eclipse.

Crooked River State Park

2-3 p.m. EDT

Event contact number: 912-882-5256

Catch a near-total solar eclipse at Crooked River State Park. Eyewear will be provided here.

Panola Mountain State Park

1-4 p.m. EDT

Admission: $20

Event contact number: 770-389-7801

Enjoy a guided hike up Panola Mountain for the solar eclipse. Solar eclipse glasses will be provided.

Mistletoe State Park

1-3 p.m. EDT

Admission: $10

Event contact number: 706-541-0321

Bring your protective glasses for a canoe paddle and solar eclipse watch around Clarks Hill Lake.

General Coffee State Park

1-3 p.m. EDT

Event contact number: 912-384-7082

Head over to picnic shelter No. 2 for educational activities before viewing the eclipse with other excited locals.

Campgrounds still available as of Aug. 17

According to the state park website, accommodations at most parks are already booked. Here’s where you may still have a chance:

Cloudland Canyon State Park

4 cottages, 7 yurts, 36 campsites available

Crooked River State Park

10 cottages, 39 campsites available

Don Carter State Park

1 campsite available

Elijah Clark State Park

9 cottages, 124 campsites available

Fort McAllister State Park

7 cottages, 39 campsites available

Fort Mountain State Park

3 cottages, 30 campsites available

Fort Yargo State Park

9 camper cabins, 2 yurts, 31 campsites available

General Coffee State Park

36 campsites available

Mistletoe State Park

2 cottages, 68 campsites available

Watson Mill Bridge State Park

16 campsites available

Amicalola Falls State Park & Lodge

2 cabins, 1 campsite available

More information about Georgia State Parks and accommodations for the total solar eclipse on Aug. 21 on gastateparks.org.

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