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Solar Eclipse at Grandfather Mountain

A total solar eclipse, one of nature’s most spectacular sights, is coming to North America on April 8. Weather permitting; a partial eclipse will be visible at Grandfather Mountain. According to sources, approximately 87% of the sun will be obscured in this region. The best viewing time will be between 2-3 p.m.

All Daily Programs (other than Keeper Talks) on April 8 will make thematic ties to solar and lunar eclipses. Daily Programs are included with park admission.

In addition, a designated area to enjoy the eclipse will be set up. The location of this area will be determined the day of the event, taking wind and other factors into consideration. Chairs will be welcome at this location. Chairs will not be allowed on Linville Peak.

Solar eclipse glasses will be needed to view the event. The first 100 guests on April 8 will receive a pair of solar eclipse glasses for free with their admission. The glasses will also be on sale in the mountain’s gift shops that day.

What is a Solar Eclipse?
A solar eclipse happens when the moon passes between the sun and Earth, casting a shadow on Earth that either fully or partially blocks the sun’s light in some area. A total solar eclipse is when the moon completely blocks the face of the sun. The sky will darken, as if it were dawn or dusk.


Apr 08 2024


11:00 am - 3:30 pm

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Grandfather Mountain
2050 Blowing Rock Highway, Linville, NC 28646