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Here Are 5 Eclipse Parties In North Carolina Perfect For Viewing The Big Event

Come Monday, the sky will go dark while birds retreat to their nests, a sunset glow encompasses the land and the moon covers the sun. The total solar eclipse or ‘National Eclipse’ is expected to be one of the most viewed and documented solar events in history. At this point, most conversations revolve around, “What are you doing for the eclipse?”

Some will go camping, some will join with others and throw an eclipse party, some will undoubtedly have to work. If you have no eclipse plans yet, don’t worry, these eclipse parties are centered within or around the path of totality (in western North Carolina) and will put you right in the middle of the action while others aren’t in the path but are still planning to celebrate.

When making plans it’s important to remember that the North Carolina counties in the path of totality include Cherokee, Graham, Swain, Clay, Macon, Jackson and Transylvania. These mountainous, rugged towns are full of lively Main Streets hosting block parties and Eclipse events as well as national and state parks, hiking trails, overlooks and waterfalls (Rainbow Falls is expected to be a popular viewing spot).

Even if you have to work and are currently feeling major FOMO, the next major solar eclipse will occur April 8, 2024 spanning from Mexico, Texas, towards Maine then up to Canada. While many of us won’t be completely in the path of totality, the sky will still go dark and this amazing natural event will be something to remember forever.

For more information on the National Eclipse and in North Carolina, read our guide here. It’s important to note that Clingman’s Dome is completely sold out with access roads closed down come the weekend and ticket holders entering via shuttle.

What are your plans for the National Eclipse?

Emory Rakestraw
Emory was born and raised in North Carolina. She enjoys writing, photography, filmmaking, travel, wine and cheese. You can find more of her work on emoryrakestraw.com