Catch the Total Solar Eclipse at Scaly Mountain Outdoor Center’s Total Blackout Party

Scaly Mountain, NC— Not in the last century have Americans had the chance to witness a total solar eclipse as seen from Scaly Mountain in the Smoky Mountains of North Carolina. On August 21, 2017, the moon will block out the sun, making visible the sun’s corona, a crown-like atmosphere, from Salem, Oregon to Charleston, South Carolina.
Eclipse parties are planned nationwide, but none quite like the festivities at Scaly Mountain Outdoor Center. From 10 a.m. to noon, local band Group Therapy gets the party started with decades of dance music, followed by Asheville-based bluegrass band Brushfire Stankgrass from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
While waiting for the sun to make its grand disappearance, take part in everything the sun touches at Scaly Mountain Outdoor Center. For an additional fee, enjoy trout fishing, gem mining, and summer tubing. The latter is an adrenaline rush in which guests (taller than 42 inches) take a magic carpet ride, also known as a standing conveyor belt, to the top of the mountain, then hop in an inner tube and soar hundreds of feet down the slopes. An homage to the snow tubing tradition of the Alps, Scaly Mountain brings the best of tubing to North Carolina all year round.
Guests are welcome bring their own blankets and alcoholic beverages and enjoy refreshments from the on-site vendors; Annie’s Café, known for its Southern hospitality and great food, will feature a special solar eclipse menu. During the party, the sun is expected to transition from a partial eclipse to a total solar eclipse at 2:35 p.m. (EST), at which point party-goers can feast their (protected) eyes on the eclipse using glasses from the Scaly Mountain swag bag.
The swag bag is included in the entry fee, which runs $20 for adults, $15 for minors up to 18, and is free for children four and under; parking is $5 per vehicle.

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