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SOLAR ECLIPSE 2017: we know what it is, when it’s happening, and now where you should be watching it. Be in the Ky Great River Road Region watching when the U.S. goes dark. A total solar eclipse will happen on the continential U.S., due to the Moon passing between the Earth and the Sun. It’s been 38 years since the continential U.S. has been in the shadow of the total solar eclipse.

On August 21, 2017, a total solar eclipse path will stretch across the entire United States, reaching its point of greatest duration (GD) a few miles north of Ky Great River Road National Scenic Byway. This region in western Kentucky is not only in the path of the 2017 eclipse, but also the 2024 eclipse, making it a unique location for being able to perform observations of both eclipses from the same location.

In the Ky Great River Road National Scenic Byway, eclipse totality is expected to happen 1:21 p.m. CDT. The partial phases of the eclipse start at 11:52 a.m., and end at 2:47 p.m.  The second total solar eclipse is coming up on April 8, 2024. The two eclipse paths form an intersection just north of Wickliffe, Kentucky.


August 7, 2017, Get a “Kids Solar Meals” on the menu at the Columbus-Belmont State Park Snack Bar starting August 7. (Meal includes hot dog or chicken nuggets, chips, drink and a toy.) Solar Meals will have information on the Solar Eclipse in the box. Eclipse Glasses and TShirts are available for purchase at the Snack Bar, Museum, and in the Campground.

August 19-21, 2017, Eclipse Celebration on the Ceremonial Mound at Wickliffe Mounds State Historic Site, Chickasaw Nation Dancers on Saturday, Music and Tours on Sunday, Eclipse on Monday, 3-day Admission Package or Per Day Admission, Kids age 11 and under, free. Viewing glasses and Eclipse souvenirs on sale in Gift Shop.  Concessions and vendors available on site. Questions call 270-335-3681, 94 Green Street, Wickliffe, KY 42087 – Join Facebook Event:

Detail Itinerary for the Solar Eclipse Weekend at Wickliffe Mounds featuring the Chickasaw Nation Dancers:
• Saturday, August 19, see performances of the Chickasaw Nation Dancers at 10:30 a.m. and at 2:00 p.m. Experience traditional Chickasaw stomp dancing, regalia and cultural demonstrations. Concessions and vendors available from 10:00 to 3:00.
• Sunday, August 20, enjoy music at the park by the JammerZ from 1:00 to 3:00, vendors available and guided tours of the museum from 10:00 to 3:00.
• Monday, August 21, view this historic event, the Eclipse of the Sun, amid the ancient mounds at Wickliffe. Be in position by 12:45, Eclipse begins around 1:00 p.m. Concessions and vendors available from 10:00 to 4:00.
• Tickets sold at the gate: Adults and kids age 12+ each – 1 day $5; 2 days $9; 3 days $12. Kids age 11 and under are free. Packages available for 3 day admission, $25 per person, and includes an Eclipse T-shirt, eclipse souvenir and viewing glasses.
• Eclipse souvenirs, T-shirts, viewing glasses are available for sale in the gift shop.
• Sponsored in part by the Ballard County Economic Development Corporation, W.A.V.E., Kentucky Great River Region Organization (KYGRRO), Bigg Insurance, First Community Bank of the Heartland, Kentucky State Parks

EVENTS & CAMPING: August 18-21, 2017, Columbus-Belmont State Park, RV and Tent Camping, including campground activities with concessions available at the Snack Bar, Stargaze on Saturday night with local astrologer,. On August 21, free cup of ice c ream after the Eclipse for everyone who purchases lunch from the Snack Bar, tours the Museum, or plays Mini Golf.  Call park office for more information and camping availability, 270-677-2327 or email cindy.lynch@ky.govQuestions call 270-677-2327, 350Park Road, Columbus, KY 42032

August 18-21, 2017, Carolyn Bowman, 339 Freeman Road, Wickliffe, KY 42087, 270-331-6624 or 270-217-9658. Beautifully mowed farmland in Ballard County, KY, available for Tent Camping during the 2017 eclipse. If we get enough campers we will rent port-a-potties. Water hydrants available to fill containers. Complete open sky for viewing.

August 18-21, 2017, Indian Camp Campground, Contact: Gene and Freda Bolin, Campground Physical Address: 849 CR. 1217, Arlington, Ky. 42021; Mailing Address: 785 Mountjoy Road, Clinton, Ky.42031. Numbers to call for camping, home 270-254-5043, Gene cell 270-207-0024, & Freda cell 270-207-8939.  Indian Camp Campground situated in the Carlisle County River Trails Mississippi River bottoms bordered on 3 sides by the Doug Travis Wildlife Management Area, managed by the Kentucky Dept Of Fish and Wildlife, The campground is a self-contained RV park with access to hunting, fishing, bird watching, and hiking. Located near by is Wright’s Area 252 ATV Riding Park with ease of access through adjoining Sand Creek. The Carlisle County River Trail system offers 21 miles of roads and trails for ATV’s and horses directly located on the Mississippi River. The campground has 9 sites with electric, 4-30 amp and 5-50 amp services, a sanitary station and water fill station.

EVENT & CAMPING: August 21, 2017, Barlow Blackout, “Blues, Brews, & BBQ”, eclipse street party, hosted by the City of Barlow and Barlow City Library, BBQ by Darrell Scott, Beer Tent, Live Music and Vendors, free viewing glasses and more onsite, Questions Call 270-983-1651, Primitive camping/RV parking available for $50 per night.  Nightly rental Houses and Rooms available, but limited, please call the Barlow City Library to find a room at 270-334-3641 or email for reservations and information.

View the Eclipse at the Confluence, Fort Jefferson Hill Park, Hwy 51 South, Wickliffe, KY

Hillbilly Ridge Bed & Breakfast, 320 Martin RD, Wickliffe, KY 42087, (270) 564-8088 Hillbilly Ridge B&B is situated on 40+ acres with all the comforts of home in a true backwoods setting, an all season Bed & Breakfast in a hillbilly locale with urban swag. Eclipse package with an on-site Bourbon tasting event, over 300 bottles for your tasting pleasure! Beautiful country setting! Clear viewing area, no city lights to disrupt your eclipse viewing! Over 40 acres for your viewing pleasure! Party on the lawn and enjoy an unobstructed view of this once in a lifetime event.

The Cabin at Bellewoode, 928 St Rt 2206, Clinton, KY 42031 , Contact: Bill & Carolyn Bone, (270)653-6060 – Pleasant perfect getaway for relaxing weekend, wedding and reception.  Bellewoode is more than a cabin with the ambiance of a lodge fully furnished with antiques and modern conveniences.  Casual fishing in stocked lake with bream, bass and catfish.

Harper House Bed & Breakfast, (Grand Opening 12/2016) KY 703, Clinton, KY 42031, (270)559-6485, A historic home of former Harry Lee Waterfield.  Harry Lee Waterfield, a Democrat, served as the 42nd and 44th Lieutenant Governor of Kentucky and unsuccessfully sought election as Governor of Kentucky.

Iron Banks Lodge , 11217 State Route 58 West, Columbus, Kentucky 42032, contact Gaye (270) 254-6340, located at the Mississippi River in Hickman County, Columbus, Kentucky, originally built circa 1930 as the Iron Banks Hotel, restored in 2014 as a bed and breakfast lodge. Lodging property furnished with four themed bedrooms upstairs each with private bath and an upper level deck overlooking the Mighty Mississippi River.



Kentucky Great River Region Organization, Inc
KYGRRO | PO Box 275, Clinton, KY 42031 |


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