The place to be for the Total Solar Eclipse on August 21st. So Totality.
On Monday, August 21, 2017, Cherokee County, North Carolina will be directly in the path of totality of the solar eclipse. All of North America will be treated to an eclipse of the sun, however, those lucky enough to be within the path of totality can see one of nature’s most awe inspiring sights – a total solar eclipse. This path, where the moon will completely cover the sun and the sun’s tenuous atmosphere – the corona – can be seen, will stretch from Salem, Oregon to Charleston, South Carolina. Observers outside this path will still see a partial solar eclipse where the moon covers only part of the sun’s disk.
Welcome to Cherokee County
Cherokee County, situated in Western North Carolina encompasses the communities of Murphy, Andrews and Brasstown. It is a quiet area located in the south western corner of North Carolina and has come to be known as the “Gateway to the Smoky Mountains.”
Our County is filled with mountains, lakes, rivers and streams providing us with breathtaking landscapes and an unlimited amount of outdoor activities. You can find your balance of rest and adventure by enjoying our fresh mountain air or experience something exciting, such as hiking, mountain biking, whitewater rafting or another outdoor activity. We have hundreds of opportunities for you to satisfy your outdoor cravings. If you aren’t up for the outdoors, don’t worry! We also have plenty of shopping, museums, restaurants, breweries, galleries and wineries to visit as well as several historic and scenic drives.
Since Cherokee County is bordered by Tennessee and Georgia, it is conveniently located within 2 hours of four major cities: Chattanooga, TN, Knoxville, TN, Asheville, NC and Atlanta, GA, giving residents and visitors the best of both worlds. You can easily enjoy a quiet escape without being too far away from anything the city has to offer.
With its small town feel, warm Southern hospitality and plenty of things to explore, Cherokee County, NC is the perfect destination to unplug and get away from the stress of everyday life. So, pitch a tent or check into one of our cabins, hotels or B&B’s, and stay a while! You’ll be happy you did!
Experience our Unique Way of Life
Cherokee County offers numerous events throughout the year. From Blue Grass, fiddle or folk music to square dancing and clogging, you are sure to find it here in Cherokee County.
Wineries. Cherokee County North Carolina is part of an area that has been awarded the AVA designation. This distinction allows vintners to characterize the origin of their wines. An American Viticultural Area (AVA) is a designated wine grape-growing region in the United States distinguishable by geographic features, with boundaries defined by the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau. We are fortunate to have rich soil and mild winters in which to grow a variety of grapes. We are happy to be home to several Wineries/Breweries. Each offer tastings and tours for you to enjoy and make for the perfect weekend outing. Be sure to take some home to bring back to mind memories created while visiting Cherokee County North Carolina.
Art Galleries. Cherokee County is blessed with talented people and it shows through the beautiful galleries in Andrews, Brasstown and Murphy North Carolina. From little individual family owned shops to larger art guilds you will certainly enjoy previewing and having the opportunity to purchase beautifully crafted works.
Unique Shopping Experiences. Both Andrews and Murphy offer unique locally owned shops. We may not have shopping malls in Cherokee County but with our boutiques, antique stores, coffee houses, book stores, galleries and specialty shops we have everything you’ll need.
Dining Establishments. No matter what your taste buds ask for, we have you covered. From elegant dining to Mom and Pop restaurants you won’t be dissatisfied with your dining experience.
Accommodations. Cherokee County NC offers major hotels, locally owned motels, B&B’s as well as the popular vacation cabin/chalets. Several are pet friendly so make sure to visit www.VisitCherokeeCountyNC.com for all of the details. If you are the outdoor type our campgrounds will surely fit your needs.
Scenic Drives. Cherokee County and surrounding areas offer spectacular scenic drives. Day trips, whether by automobile or motorcycle will be sure to take your breath away. Each of our four seasons offers beauty and adventure. Call or stop in one of our Visitor centers for maps and information or visit www.VisitCherokeeCountyNC.com.
Viewing the Eclipse in Cherokee County
Western North Carolina and Cherokee County offer a rare and unique vantage point to view the celestial event. Due to the position in the path of the eclipse, those who watch here have the opportunity to see the totality of the eclipse for more than 2.5 minutes.
During a total eclipse, we have the rare opportunity to look directly at the sun’s vast, striking outer atmosphere, the corona. The corona appears as pearly white rays and streamers, radiating around the lunar disk. Of course, the beauty of the August 2017 eclipse is that anyone can view it – no science background or heavy-duty equipment is required.
However, it’s not safe to look directly at the sun during an eclipse – except for during the brief phase of totality, when the moon fully obscures the sun. There are a few different ways to safely view the eclipse. One is the use of eclipse glasses that are equipped with the proper filters to minimize ultraviolet, visible and infrared light. It’s crucial to know when to take off and replace your glasses to avoid permanently damaging your eyes. Only when wearing your eclipse glasses– it becomes so dark you can’t see anything– is it safe to take them off.
A solar eclipse is one of nature’s grandest spectacles and we here in Cherokee County welcome you to experience the Totality!
Getting Ready for the Eclipse
Leading up to August 21st, Cherokee County will be offering a variety of events and classes.
The Graham County Public Library will have a booth at the Graham County Heritage
Festival- June 30 – July 1, 2017. On the Courthouse Square in Downtown Robbinsville, NC, their booth will provide information about the eclipse, places in their community that will be hosting gatherings, what to expect during the
actual eclipse, safety viewing the eclipse, how to make a box projector, and how to make a pinhole projector. Plus, they will be handing out special eclipse glasses.
The Tri-County Community College in Murphy, NC will be offering Community Enrichment classes about the eclipse beginning May 22nd and running through August 11th. Classes include Observation Basics and Telescopic Viewing. They are also offering Solar Eclipse Camps for adults and kids! View the classes list on the next page or for more info visit www.tricountycc.edu
On Saturday August 19th there will be a demonstration on how to make your own viewing material using the pinhole method at The Rock Gym, located across from Konehete Park at 699 Connahetta St., Murphy, NC 28906.
Find links and stay up-to-date with events as they are added by visiting the official Western North Carolina Solar Eclipse site: wncsolareclipse.com
Experience the Totality
In NC, the best place to be on August 21st is Cherokee County. The entire county lies within the path of totality and the centerline even passes through the town of Andrews!
Here are our recommendations for the best places to experience the Totality.
Heritage Park, Andrews, NC
Andrews, NC will be Totality Town this August 21st! The darkest part of the moon’s shadow will shroud all of Cherokee County, but Andrews is the only place in NC where the very centerline of the eclipse passes right through the town. The maximum eclipse anywhere on the globe for this event is 2 minutes and 40.1 seconds. In Andrews, totality will last 2 minutes and 38.4 seconds.
There will be several observing sites in the Andrews area. The largest of which is Heritage Park– a 34-acre park in the center of town with a wide-open field and excellent views of the sky. The park is also just 100 yards from downtown Andrews where a host of activities are planned. A variety of observing experiences are available: large or small, public or private, with Eclipse Guides or on your own.
For more info visit the Town of Andrews:
Konehete Park, Murphy, NC
From sunup to sundown on August 21st you’ll find the Totality Festival. Starting with a 5K run sponsored by Murphy Middle School, you’ll find vendors, concessions and loads of fun. Woodmen of the World will be sponsoring glasses for the public to use. Just accross the street at The Rock Gym the local Boy Scouts will be hosting a variety of activities for everyone to enjoy. For more info:
Cherokee Country Parks and Recreation Konehete Park
699 Connahetta St., Murphy, NC 28906
828-837-6617 or www.cherokeecounty-nc.gov
Tri-State Community College, Murphy, NC
Tri-County Community College is proud to serve as an official viewing location for the
Great American Solar Eclipse.
In choosing to experience the total solar eclipse at TCCC, you will gain access to special accommodations on campus. VIP packages are also available at an additional cost and include a small reception with catered hors d’oeuvres, preferred parking, a commemorative token, and easy access to our most powerful telescopes. For more information, please contact:
Dotie Stafford-Ortega at 828-835-4208.
21 Campus Circle, Murphy, NC 28906
The Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center, Robinsville, NC
Join the folks at the Stecoah Valley Center for this once-in-a-lifetime experience. Our event will run from 11:00am – 3pm on Monday, August 21st. Music, food, educational activities and family fun! For more info:
Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center
121 Schoolhouse Road
Stecoah (Robbinsville), NC 28771