Plan Ahead to View the Solar Eclipse

John Wayne said, “Life is hard.  It’s harder when you’re stupid.”  Don’t be stupid.  Plan ahead to view the solar eclipse on Monday, August 21st, especially if you’re heading to the mountains.

The US Forest Service will close several roads in North Georgia to cars, in expectation of large crowds who hope to view the eclipse.  Only foot travel will be allowed on these USFS roads:

  • FSR 11 – Glassy Mountain, beyond Apple Gap Road
  • FSR 62 – Currahee Mountain
  • FSR 413 – Rabun Bald
  • Brasstown Bald will be open only for those visitors with a reservation. The 180 Spur Road will be closed to all other traffic.
  • Check Twitter and Facebook (@ChattOconeeNF) for additional road closures.

Believe me.  I am not trying to discourage you.  I just want to help you prepare for the crowds.

Heading to a Georgia state park?  Arrive early.  How early?  Their Facebook page says:

Most park gates open at 7 a.m.  Those in northeast Georgia expect long lines for entry.  To ensure visitor safety, gates will close once parking reaches capacity.

Where ever you go, be prepared for long lines, especially at rest rooms.  Gas up your vehicle before you go.  Bring extra water and food.  Authorities have even issued warnings to carry vital medications, in case you get stuck somewhere much longer than you anticipated.

Plan Ahead to View the Solar Eclipse at State Parks

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Robert J. Sutherland is a travel writer enjoying life in Gainesville, GA.
Robert has two adult daughters, seven practically perfect grandchildren and a zippy Kawasaki. Contact Robert at [email protected].

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