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8/8/2017 Other
Enjoy the 2017 Solar Eclipse from one of our beautiful state parks!

Below are the state parks in our area that are hosting Solar Eclipse events! Check them out to make sure you get caught in the dark!

Croft State Park

Solar Eclipse at Croft State Park

Fun and educational activities, stations, and telescope viewing opportunities. Will have viewing equipment available, scale model of solar system, art activities, fun sun educational activities – and more! Partnership with Mike Lipkin from Isothermal Community College in Spindale, NC

August 21

2pm- 3:30pm, arrive early for parking


Oconee State Park

Solar Eclipse at Oconee State Park

Experience the total solar eclipse at Oconee State Park. There will be an observation area with viewing equipment available as well as activities for all ages. Bring your own solar eclipse glasses or purchase them the day of the event while supplies last. August 21



Paris Mountain State Park

All American Solar Eclipse

Experience the total eclipse of the sun at 2:38pm! Drop by the ballfield anytime between 1pm and 4pm to discover why solar eclipses occur, and how to view it safely. Bring your own solar eclipse glasses or purchase them at Park Center. To join this ranger-led event, park at the large parking lot on the left and walk over to the ballfield.

August 21



Sadlers Creek State Park

Eclipse over Lake Hartwell

Join us for a short ranger-led hike leading to a viewing of the solar eclipse as it takes place over Lake Hartwell. Don’t forget your glasses or purchase them in our office. August 21



Table Rock State Park

Solar Eclipse Programs

Table Rock Visitor Center: Join us on the lawns of the visitor center on the shores of Lake Oolenoy to view the solar eclipse. We will have a program at 1:00 pm explaining how and why a solar eclipse occurs. We will have an arts and crafts table set up on the visitor center patio. Visitors can make their own pinhole camera and lunar phases flip book for $1, a solar eclipse ornament for $2, and make their own paracord bracelet that reacts to the sun for $5; craft table will operate from 11:00 am through 1pm. Solar eclipse glasses and t-shirts will be available for sale in the visitor center. We will have roving interpretation programs from 1:30 pm through the eclipse totality at 2:38pm about how to safely view the eclipse.

Concessions and Beach: The beach and concessions will be open beginning at 10:00 am on August 21, 2017 as an additional viewing area for the eclipse. Bring your beach chairs and blankets and spend the day watching the total eclipse. No swimming will be permitted -- the beach will be for viewing the eclipse only. We will be renting boats for $10 per hour to take out on the lake to view the eclipse. Visitors can rent boats from the concessions building. Visitors may purchase your eclipse viewing glasses, eclipse t-shirts, cold drinks and snacks from concessions.

August 21



For more detailed information, visit www.SouthCarolinaParks.com or contact the park directly.