Eclipse madness has hit Western North Carolina, and the rest of the country. On the afternoon of August 21st, daylight will become twilight as the moon passes between the sun and Earth. It’s the first total solar eclipse visible in the continental U.S. in 38 years.
Parts of Western North Carolina are in the path of totality, and local farms are some of the prime spots to watch this rare celestial event. Big, open fields offer unobstructed views and a place to witness the eclipse with friends and neighbors.
Darnell Farms near Bryson City will open their farm for a Solar Eclipse Festival, starting at 10am. There will be live music, food, activities for kids, and discussions about the science behind the eclipse. Most importantly, they’ll have viewing glasses, which are essential for protecting your eyes while watching the eclipse. No reservations are needed for daytime activities.
Walnut Hollow Ranch in Haysville welcomes the public for a full weekend of eclipse fun. It’s geared toward folks with RVs who want to arrive early, starting August 18th. There will be a farm tour the next morning, and a cookout with beef from the farm after that. All eyes will be on the sky on the afternoon of the 21st, and eclipse glasses will be available. Advanced reservations are required.
There are many places to view the eclipse in Western North Carolina, and visiting local farms lets you learn about agriculture while you marvel at the sky.
Aired: August 14, 2017