You can view the eclipse from Knox County parks. Just be sure to wear the correct protective eyewear!

The first total solar eclipse in 99 years to cross the entire country will pass right over west Knoxville on Monday, Aug. 21, around 2:30 p.m. We’re lucky to be perfectly positioned with great access to viewing spots in our public parks.

The edge of the “path of totality,” where you’ll experience about two minutes of mid-day darkness as the moon blocks the rays of the sun, skirts over about 1/5 of Knox County, bringing the spectacular and highly anticipated event to nine Knox County parks.

Here’s a list of our great parks that fall within the path of totality. More than half of them are right on the water, and The Cove at Concord Park will even have a viewing party 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. with a food truck and live music to celebrate.

Hundreds of thousands are expected to visit for the eclipse, so make sure to head out early with plenty of time to drive to your spot, enjoy a beautiful day at the park, and settle in for an awesome show. And wherever you choose to view, make sure to wear protective eyewear, which will be provided to a limited number attending the Eclipse Viewing Party at The Cove, and can be purchased at area retailers.

See you outside … in the dark! For more info on great ways to Get Out & Play, check out OutdoorKnoxville.com.

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Written by Carol Evans
Get Out and Play info@legacyparks.org