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Safety Tips

Safety GlassesLooking directly at the sun is unsafe except during the brief total phase of a solar eclipse (totality), when the moon entirely blocks the sun’s bright face, which will happen only within the narrow path of totality. 

The only safe way to look directly at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed sun is through special-purpose solar filters, such as “eclipse glasses” or hand-held solar viewers. Homemade filters or ordinary sunglasses, even very dark ones, are not safe for looking at the sun. To date four manufacturers have certified that their eclipse glasses and handheld solar viewers meet the ISO 12312-2 international standard for such products: Rainbow Symphony, American Paper Optics, Thousand Oaks Optical, and TSE 17.

Solar Eclipse Animation

Kentucky Path of Totality

Kentucky Path of Totality

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Tennessee Path of Totality

Tennessee Path of Totality

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2017 Total Eclipse Logo

See the Eclipse

The public is invited to view the total eclipse at U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District lakes as it passes over the United States Monday, Aug. 21, 2017.  Free designated viewing areas are available at Lake Barkley in Kentucky, and Cheatham Lake, Old Hickory Lake, J. Percy Priest Lake, Cordell Hull Lake, and Center Hill Lake in Tennessee.  The sun will sweep across Kentucky and Tennessee from approximately noon until 3 p.m. (Central Time). The exact timing and duration of totality depends on your location. This is the first total solar eclipse to affect the continental U.S. since 1979, and five U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District lakes fall in the "path of totality." 

Stay Overnight at an Eclipse Campground

Woman wears eclipse safety glassesVisitors are encouraged to reserve campsites at Corps campgrounds for the eclipse before they are fully booked. Visit www.recreation.gov to reserve your site today. See a full list of campgrounds in the path of the eclipse at the bottom of this page with links to get information and make reservations.

View Eclipse at Corps of Engineers Day Use Area

Looking for a great place to view the eclipse? Come visit a Corps lake! While the entire lake and all public parks around the lake are available for eclipse viewing, the following free designated viewing areas fall in or near the path of totality and are designated locations to view the solar eclipse:

Lake Barkley: Tailwater Right Bank Day Use Area - Duration of Totality: 2 minutes 35 seconds
8439 U.S. Highway 62 West, Kuttawa, KY 42055

Cheatham Lake: Right Bank Day Use Area – Duration of Totality: 1 minute 51 seconds
1798 Cheatham Dam Road, Ashland City, TN 37015

Old Hickory Lake: 

Laguardo Recreation Area – Duration of Totality: 2 minutes 35 seconds
7609 Highway 109 North, Lebanon, TN 37087

Rockland Recreation Area - Duration of Totality: 2 minutes 31 seconds
5 Power Plant Road, Hendersonville, TN 37075

J. Percy Priest Lake: Stones River Greenway – Duration of Totality: 2 minutes 15 seconds
3778 Bell Road, Hermitage, TN 37076

Cordell Hull Lake: 

Defeated Creek Day Use Area – Duration of Totality: 2 minutes 35 seconds
140 Marina Lane, Carthage, TN 37030

Donaldson Park (also near Dale Hollow Lake) – Duration of Totality: 1 minute 1 seconds
1110 Jackson Street, Celina, TN 38551

Center Hill Lake: Center Hill Dam – Duration of Totality: 2 minutes 35 seconds
270 Lancaster Road, Lancaster, TN 38569

Dale Hollow Lake: 

Dale Hollow Damsite Day Use Area – Duration of Totality: 1 minutes 1 seconds
200 Campground Road, Celina, TN 38551

Moody's Access – Duration of Totality: 1 minute 1 seconds
Located off Highway 34 two miles north of Celina, TN 38551

What is a solar eclipse?

How an Eclipse worksA solar eclipse occurs when the moon lines up perfectly in front of the sun. This creates a silhouette effect that covers the sun from view and casts the moon's shadow on the earth. Over the course of several hours on Monday, Aug. 21, the moon and sun will slowly pass one another, with the moon covering more and more of the sun until it climaxes with a total eclipse.

When the moon does eclipse the sun, it produces two types of shadows on Earth. The umbral shadow is the relatively small in diameter point on Earth where an observer would see a total eclipse. The penumbral shadow is the much larger area on Earth where an observer will see a partial eclipse. Here, the sun is not completely covered by the moon.


What is the "path of totality?"

The "path of totality" is the section of the earth where the moon will completely block the view of the sun for a short period of time. The two red lines on the map below represent the boundaries of the path. Everywhere located in between the two red lines will experience total darkness and the iconic "halo effect" around the silhouette of the moon for a period of time at the climax of the eclipse. In addition to the visual spectacle of the eclipse, those standing in the path of totality will notice some phenomenal natural responses. Stars and planets will be visible, animals will quiet down, birds will return to their roosts, and the temperature will drop by 12 degrees or more.

 

 U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District campgrounds in 2017 Eclipse path of totality
 Lake/Campground  Electric Hookups?  Fee Range Visitor Fee  Phone/Information 
 Lake Barkley      
 Eureka Campground  Yes  $18-30
 $3  (270) 388-9459
 Canal Campground  Yes2  $18-34  $3  (270) 362-4840
 Hurricane Creek Campground  Yes  $12-30  $3  (270) 522-8821
 Bumpus Mills Campground  Yes  $24-26  $3  (931) 232-8831
 Center Hill Lake        
 Long Branch Campground  Yes  $28-30  $3  (615) 548-8002
 Floating Mill Park Campground  Yes  $16-30  $3  (931) 858-4845
 Ragland Bottom Campground  Yes2  $16-30  $3  (931) 761-3616
 Cheatham Lake        
 Lock A Campground  Yes  $22-26  $3  (615) 792-3715
 Harpeth River Bridge Campground  Yes  $18  $3  (615) 792-4195
 Cordell Hull Lake        
 Defeated Creek Campground  Yes2  $19-32  $3  (615) 774-3141
 Salt Lick Creek Campground  Yes2  $19-32  $3  (931) 678-4718
 Dale Hollow Lake        
 Dale Hollow Dam Campground  Yes  $23-27  $3
 (931) 243-3554
 J. Percy Priest Lake        
 Seven Points Campground  Yes  $22-26  $3  (615) 889-5198
 Anderson Road Campground  Yes  $16-26  $3  (615) 361-1980
 Poole Knobs Campground  Yes  $16-26  $3  (615) 459-6948
 Old Hickory Lake        
 Cages Bend Campground  Yes  $25-29  $3  (615) 824-4989
 Cedar Creek Campground  Yes  $25-29  $3  (615) 754-4947
 1 Reservations are made through the NRRS: 1-877-444-6777 
 2 Sewer also available

 $18-30