Deep South USA Blog

On 21st August 2017 millions of people across the US will see a total eclipse of the Sun. It is a scene of unimaginable beauty when the moon completely blocks the Sun and daylight becomes a deep twilight. Parts of Tennessee & Kentucky are both within the path of totality.

Solar Eclipse in Hopkinsville, Kentucky

Duration of totality is 2 minutes 41.2 seconds with totality beginning at 1.24pm CDT (Central Daylight Time)

The civic boosters of Hopkinsville cite their fair city as the best spot in the nation for the eclipse. While Hopkinsville is a great location, you can travel for hundreds of miles east and west along the eclipse centerline and receive within 1 or 2 seconds of maximum eclipse duration. But if you would like to join a festive crowd, Hopkinsville will certainly be a great location to enjoy the eclipse.

The Orchard Dale historical farm (just northwest of Hopkinsville, Kentucky) will serve as the best spot to view the total solar eclipse. While these other sites will not feature the 2 minutes and 40 seconds of totality as the spot near Hopkinsville, they will still provide a great opportunity to view this natural phenomenon. Other cities in Kentucky that will be able to view the eclipse will include Princeton, Cadiz, Benton, Dawson Springs, Paducah, Madisonville, Central City, Russellville and Bowling Green. The eclipse path will also include some well-known landmarks and natural destinations. In Kentucky, its path will include Land Between The Lakes, the Pennyrile State Forest, Lake Barkley State Resort Park and Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park. More information available at

Total Solar Eclipse Over Kentucky

Solar Eclipse in Nashville, Tennessee

Duration of totality is 1 minute 57 seconds with totality beginning at 1.27pm CDT

Music City is the place to be when a once-in-a-lifetime celestial event will occur: the first total solar eclipse to sweep across the entire United States in 99 years!

Nashville deserves special note as the largest U.S. city wholly within the eclipse’s path. The city will watch day turn to night as the moon completely blocks the sun from the sky. While its location is offest from the centreline by about 20 miles, it still enjoys a good duration of nearly two minutes. We reckon the nation's music capital will produce some memorable songs on the occasion of the Great American Eclipse. More information available at

Solar Eclipse at Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Duration of totality is 1 minute 17 seconds with totality beginning at 2.35pm EDT (Eastern Daylight Time)

While this area is different from the rest by being closer to the northern limit line of total solar eclipse, this park will be an intriguing location to view the eclipse due to its expansive views. This site provides the possibility of seeing the Moon's shadow racing across the landscape, a dramatic sight that will add another dimension to the experience of the eclipse.

Although we’re sure you’ll be able to see the eclipse from all over the Smoky Mountain area, we highly recommend making your way into the Great Smoky Mountains National Park for this one! Newfound Gap Road will be a popular spot for people to park and watch the eclipse, but we think you’ll be able to see much better by visiting some of the higher elevations. We suggest visiting Clingmans Dome for the best view of the mountains during the eclipse.

If you’re planning on staying in a cabin in Gatlinburg or Pigeon Forge, you’ll only be a couple of minutes from the national park so start arranging your holiday right away because many of the cabins will fill up quickly for this event! More information available at

Total Solar Eclipse Over Tennessee

Wherever you decide to watch it start making plans now and you can join skywatchers from across the globe as they celebrate this spectacular event with special programs and activities leading up to totality. Email us if you need further information. Warning: Do not look directly at the Sun during the partial eclipse phase, when the Sun is not completely blocked by the Moon.

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