Best places to see the eclipse in South Carolina

Photo credit: Charleston Area CVB, ExploreCharleston.com

The entire Palmetto State will get Totality for 13 minutes from 14:36 pm EST on August 21, 2017

If you’ve got Carolina on your mind for the eclipse, you’re probably also thinking about clouds and hurricanes — and there’s some advice here about all of that (summary: hurricanes are unlikely, but not impossible). Also pay attention to the weather forecasts — coasts are often cloudy — so have a Plan B to drive inland. The city of Columbia in South Carolina, is about two hours drive away from the coast, and sure to be busy, but has a good chance of having clear skies.

Here’s a great map of the Path of Totality in South Carolina.

Totality can be glimpsed in far South Carolina at 14:36 pm EST on August 21, 2017, with the moon shadow leaving South Carolina at 14:49 pm EST.

Three places to see the eclipse in South Carolina:

1 — Historic District, Charleston

This is where it all ends. The last place in the USA to experience the Moon-shadow before it hits the Atlantic Ocean, the beautiful city of Charleston, South Carolina would make a great eclipse-viewing location. Although anywhere in the historic district would do.

2 — Paris Mountain State Park, Greenville

A rural retreat for those in Greenville, this place is full of trails for bikers and hikers, so could be a great place to watch the eclipse. Paris Mountain State Park camping facilities are top-notch and include paved camping sites, 13 of which offer tent pads, and five trailside campsites around the North Lake Trail Loop (see camping in state parks).

3 — Shem Creek Park, Charleston

Just across the Arthur Ravenel Bridge in Mount Pleasant, Shem Creek is known for its seafood restaurants as well as its views of the creek and the marsh. There are boardwalks with wonderful views of the creek and the surrounding wetlands, which would make for a perfect place for watching an eclipse.

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