On August 21st, 2017, a once in a lifetime event is occurring; a total solar eclipse will be visible for the first time since 1918, and those in East Tennessee have one of the best seats in the house. This, of course, will attract visitors to the beautiful Blount County in anticipation of this event, which will take place in under three minutes time.

East Tennessee is one of the best places to view the eclipse because it will bisect right over the area, allowing for a complete and clear view. Because of this, there are a number of gatherings arranged for people to watch. Be sure to catch the eclipse in one of these locations if you plan to be in Blount County on August 21st, 2017.

Eclipse Events in Blount County

At Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont, Townsend

Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont, located in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, is hosting a viewing event with the added benefit of docents on-site, who will be sharing their knowledge about this amazing occurrence. An awesome thing about these docents is that they’ll be trained high school students passionate about science, who’ll have attended a four-day camp preceding the event.

Cades Cove, Townsend

There will be a free viewing event at the Cable Mill in Cades Cove, located in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Be sure to arrive early to secure a parking spot for the event.

Look Rock, Blount County

There’s a small observation tower at Look Rock in the Smokies that would be great for viewing the eclipse. Be sure to get there early so you can make the hike and claim a spot in the tower.

In addition to these three places, you can ask those who work in the park about the areas they would explore to catch a glimpse of the eclipse. Plan a hike to catch this rare event at your favorite trail’s peak.  

In Town

Pellissippi State Community College (Blount County), Maryville

If tailgating is more your style, check out the celebration in Maryville, Tailgating in Totality. Held at Pellissippi State Community College, it’s hoping to be one of the largest tailgates during the eclipse.

River Rat Tubing, Townsend

If you’d like an adventurous and unconventional way to view the eclipse, River Rat Tubing’s event Totally Tuber Solar Eclipse Celebration is the way to go. For $25 you will receive a tube for the river, a commemorative T-shirt, and of course, a relaxing place on the river to enjoy the eclipse.

Dancing Bear Lodge, Townsend

Dancing Bear Lodge is providing all that you’ll need for this special occasion. For $35, guests will receive lunch, eclipse viewing glasses, and a chair to watch the event from. There will be a live DJ on-site and plenty of space to comfortably watch the eclipse. Blankets for the lawn are welcome.

Preparing for a Solar Eclipse

In order to safely view a solar eclipse, you’ll need special glasses to protect your eyes. These are inexpensive and readily available, as this is an event people won’t want to miss. Come prepared for the eclipse and take a look at specific event details for the gathering you choose to see what they recommend you bring in preparation.