Solar Eclipse


Don't miss experiencing the exciting rare total solar eclipse in western North Carolina on Monday, August 21, 2017. Jackson County, is one of the few areas in country where you can experience the extremely rare celestial phenomenon of a total solar eclipse. Towns in the direct path will include Sylva, Dillsboro, Cashiers, Bryson City, Cherokee and Robbinsville, with one to two minutes of complete darkness as the moon moves in front of the sun.


Make lodging reservations now because tons of people will be traveling to the area from around the world. At 2:36 PM, the Carolina blue sky will turn pitch black. Temperatures will drop, and stars will come out as the sun disappears. While the total eclipse will only take a couple of minutes, the transition will begin about 1 PM and end around 4 PM. Since we expect many visitors, you should be at your viewing location well before noon.

When viewing a solar eclipse you must take special precautions. Read more about this at Safe Solar Eclipse Viewing.