If you can’t make it to the path of totality for the solar eclipse on August 21, don’t worry because Elizabethton/Carter County is hosting several viewing and pre-eclipse parties. While supplies are limited, there will be several chances to grab a pair of those viewing glasses at these local events:
Sycamore Shoals State Park: First 125 people to show up will get a pair of viewing glasses. Learn what our ancestors in the 18th Century thought about eclipses and how they work. You may also be surprised to learn about the Moon Tree planted at Fort Watauga. Check more out about that here.
Roan Mountain State Park: On August 13, interpretive rangers will educate guests about the upcoming eclipse. Program starts at 11:30 a.m. at the Camp Store.
Boots Off Campground and Hostel: Watch the Eclipse and have some fun paddling on Watauga Lake, with views of the mountains all around, followed by great food, good company and top it all off with a large bonfire. “The plan is for everyone to meet up at Boots Off by 10 a.m., August 21, to organize and meet one another, then we leave to launch at Rat Branch Boat Ramp (5 min drive) and be on the water no later than noon,” said Jim Gregory, Boots Off owner. “This will allow ourselves time to paddle out and get a good spot on the lake, maybe to one of the islands, which will provide us with some of the best viewing of the eclipse. The eclipse in our area will start just after 1 pm. Plan to be on the water during the entire event, which will take approximately 3 hours.”
Anyone is welcome to join the group. Equipment rental is $30 per person, which includes transporting the paddlecraft to and from Rat Branch Boat Ramp, includes all necessary safety equipment for the water, and includes eclipse viewing glasses at no additional charge.
The group will return to Boots Off Hostel & Campground after the eclipse paddle for some food and fun. Guests can stay in the bunkhouse that sleeps eight people, a tiny cabin with room for four people or stay the night in the campground. Please call or text 239-218-3904 for more information and to book an overnight stay.
Solar Eclipse of the Park: Meet the Elizabethton Library staff at the Elizabethton Twins field to get viewing glasses the day prior to the main event. This event is in conjunction with the Elizabethton Twins baseball game from 5-8 p.m.
Kiwanis Park: Carter County Drug Prevention and the Elizabethton Library are hosting a viewing party at Kiwanis Park. This event is FREE. There will also be snacks, games and activities.
We hope you have a fun and safe solar eclipse viewing experience with us! Please feel free to call us for more information at (423) 547-3850. If you are hosting an Eclipse event, please let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org.