On Monday August 21, millions of Americans will gather along the 70-mile-wide path of the nation’s first total solar eclipse since the 1970s. Bryson City, Swain County and much of the GSMNP are squarely in that path of totality. The entire solar experience will last about 3 hours, from 1:06 pm to 4 pm (EDT), gradually changing from daylight to dark and back to daylight, with total darkness in Bryson City at 2:35:17 pm, lasting 1 min, 57 seconds.
It should make for a once of a lifetime “in the dark” trout fishing experience on the waters of the GSMNP. The folks in Bryson City are pulling out the stops on the Big Day—turning it into a Three-day Eclipse Weekend With the eclipse happening on Monday, you’ll want to make a weekend of it and enjoy the special events we’re planning leading up to the big event.
Preliminary schedule (check back for updates):
Friday night - Outdoor family movie
Saturday - Planetarium programs at the Library, 10 am - 4 pm
Live music - 7-9 pm
Sunday - Live music
Monday - Bryson City offers a number of excellent open viewing locations, such as:
• Frye Street - downtown Bryson City
• Darnell Farms
• Swain County Recreation Park
• Swain County Event Park
• Great Smoky Mountains Railroad - Train ride to an eclipse location
(other locations and map to come).
With all the outdoor activities Bryson City offers, there’s no better place to spend a late summer weekend —
White water rafting and zip lining in the Nantahala Gorge
Riding a scenic excursion on the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad
Trout fishing on dozens of mountain streams and rivers
Lake fishing and boating on Fontana Lake
Tubing on Deep Creek in the Great Smokies National Park
Hiking and mountain biking at Tsali
Stand-up paddle boarding on the Tuck in downtown Bryson City
After activities, relax with a cool one at a local brewery. Or treat the kids to ice cream at a local soda fountain. Then complete the day with dinner at one of many downtown eateries. Lights on; lights off; light on; lights off---cool.