2017 GREAT AMERICAN SOLAR ECLIPSE- AT BRASSTOWN BALD

 

Brasstown Bald will be hosting a special day-long event exclusive for ticket-holders to celebrate the total Solar Eclipse on August 21, 2017. For the first time in 99 years the moon will cross completely in front of the sun and traverse its way across the entire nation in just 100 minutes. Brasstown Bald is within the narrow 70 mile wide path of totality!

As part of the Great American Eclipse at the highest point in Georgia, ticket-holders will witness the day turning a deep twilight, the air cooling, and sunset colors blooming on all sides. The moon’s shadow will sweep over the landscape of Northeast Georgia at 1,500 miles per hour. At complete totality a halo of ephemeral light will reveal a once in a lifetime glimpse at the sun’s glowing outer atmosphere. This is truly one of our planet’s most wondrous experiences!

TICKETS ARE SOLD OUT

TICKET-HOLDERS ONLY may receive admission to Brasstown Bald on August 21. General admission to Brasstown Bald will not be available on this day. This includes restricted access from Highway 180 Spur Road and from all connecting trails. Tickets must be pre-purchased online; no tickets will be for sale on site. 

Because of the tremendous interest in viewing this phenomenon from Brasstown Bald and our responsibility to keep everyone safe while protecting natural resources, there are a limited number of tickets available.

To purchase Solar Eclipse merchandise go to The Forest Store.

 

What’s included with the ticket?

Access to Brasstown Bald Visitors Center from 9AM – 5PM, Monday August 21, 2017 with:. 

  • Observation deck at the highest point in Georgia offering 360 degree views
  • Picnic area
  • Great viewing opportunities from both the parking lot and observation deck
  • Brasstown Bald Mountain Top Theater NASA show with eleven NASA and NOAA satellites, the International Space Station, more than 50 high-altitude balloons, and hundreds of ground-based assets taking advantage of this rare event over 90 minutes, sharing the science and the beauty of a total solar eclipse
  • Natural and Cultural History Museum open for your enjoyment
  • One pair of official Solar Eclipse viewing glasses with each ticket (everyone will receive eye protection for safe viewing)
  • Shuttle service between the parking lot and the Visitor Center
  • Hiking opportunities, including Summit Trail from the parking lot to the Visitor Center (0.6 miles), Jacks Knob Trail (2.5 miles), Arkaquah Trail (5.5 miles), and Wagon Train Trail (7 miles)
  • Access to the General Store where you can purchase forest related merchandise and educational materials for kids and adults, snacks, and ice cream
  • Convenient restrooms and potable water

IMPORTANT Information

  • This site is accessible to people with disabilities.
  • There is very limited cell service and no Wi-Fi available. Brasstown Bald is 18 miles from surrounding towns and in the middle of 13,000 acres of the Brasstown Wilderness Area.
  • Plan to bring your own chair for parking lot viewing. Chairs are not permitted on the observation deck platform.
  • The high elevation and exposure to the sun can burn unprotected skin. Please take this into consideration and plan accordingly.
  • Water will be available, although it would be a good idea to bring your own as well.
  • All services will close for the 30 minutes surrounding the key moment of the total solar eclipse.
  • Drones are strictly NOT allowed.
  • Tickets will be checked at the bottom of the mountain at Hwy 180 Spur Road, the Highway 180 intersection, and at trail arrival points. ONLY THOSE WITH PRINTED TICKETS IN HAND WILL BE ADMITTED. Please print your tickets; electronic tickets/ticket images on mobile devices will not be accepted. All ticket-holders will be issued wristbands upon arrival to be worn throughout the entirety of the event.
  • This event is sponsored by the Cradle of Forestry in America Interpretive Association, operating under permit with the U.S. Forest Service.

About the Great American Solar Eclipse

Event

Date

Time (EST)

Alt

Azi

Start of part eclipse (C1) : 

2017/08/21

13:06:03.6

65.9°

160.4°

Start of total eclipse (C2) : 

2017/08/21

14:35:10.0

63.6°

212.8°

Maximum eclipse : 

2017/08/21

14:36:16.6

63.5°

213.3°

End of total eclipse (C3) : 

2017/08/21

14:37:22.9

63.4°

213.8°

End of partial eclipse (C4) : 

2017/08/21

16:00:50.7

50.3°

243.3°