Kentucky Tourism

Total Eclipse Events

Several Kentucky State Parks are holding events for the Aug. 21, 2017 solar eclipse. Some events will be held during the weeks leading up to the eclipse and others will be the weekend of Aug. 19-21. See the list below and check the park calendar of events. We suggest you call the park in advance – most rooms, cottages and campsites have been reserved.

Here is a list of Kentucky State Parks in the Path of Totality for the Aug. 21, 2017 solar eclipse:

Jefferson Davis State Historic Site

Kenlake State Resort Park
Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park
Lake Barkley State Resort Park
Lake Malone State Park
Mineral Mound State Park
Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park

State Parks near the path of totality:

Barren River Lake State Resort Park

Columbus-Belmont State Park
Old Mulkey Meetinghouse State Historic Site
Wickliffe Mounds State Historic Site

For your safety: Looking 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. (NASA website)


Barren River Lake State Resort Park, Lucas
Aug. 19-21
The Great American Solar Eclipse will be coming to Barren River Lake State Resort Park! Join us for this once in a lifetime opportunity to view the eclipse in the "totality zone." Our recreation staff will be providing eclipse-themed activities all weekend leading up to the event. CLICK HERE for details. Call 270-646-2151

Big Bone Lick State Historic Site, Union
Aug. 19-21
Big Bone Lick State Historic Site will provide eclipse-themed programs on the Saturday and Sunday leading up to the eclipse. All events will take place at the Big Bone Lick Museum. The grassy field below the museum will be offered as a quiet, level place for visitors to view the eclipse. For safe viewing, eclipse glasses are required. Glasses can be purchased at the gift shop for only $1. For details, CLICK HERE for details. Call 859-384-3522.

Columbus-Belmont State Park, Columbus
Aug. 7-21
Columbus-Belmont State Park will have “Kids Solar Meals” on the menu at the snack bar beginning Aug. 7.  Meal will include hot dog or chicken nuggets, chips, drink and a toy.  Solar meals will have information on the solar eclipse in the box.  There will be free ice cream after the eclipse for everyone who has lunch from our snack bar, tours the museum, or plays mini golf.  Call park office for information and camping availability, 270-677-2327 or email [email protected] 

E.P. “Tom” Sawyer State Park, Louisville
Aug. 21
Join the park staff and the Louisville Astronomical Society for an eclipse viewing party! LAS will show a presentation on the solar eclipse. Crafts will be included for $3 per person. Kentucky State Park eclipse viewing glasses will be included with the craft. From Noon- 4 p.m. CLICK HERE for more information. Call 502-429-7270.

Jenny Wiley State Resort Park, Prestonsburg
Aug. 21
The East Kentucky Science Center and Planetarium will be holding programs Aug. 21 related to the eclipse. The park will offer guests transportation to the planetarium. Call 606-891-1790.

John James Audubon State Park, Henderson
Aug. 12
Visit the John James Audubon State Park Museum Theater as astronomer and author, Joe Caruso, talks about the significance of the eclipse. Free admission. Presentation begins at 4 p.m. CLICK HERE. Contact Lisa Hoffman at [email protected] or 270-826-4424.

Kenlake State Resort Park, Aurora
July 28
Join Kenlake State Resort Park and "The Star Geezer" Mark Steven Williams on Friday, July 28 at 5 p.m.! Take part in some afternoon solar viewing until 6 p.m. After that, move indoors for an informative eclipse preview.  At dusk, view the waxing crescent moon near Jupiter, Saturn, and take a tour of the constellations!  This event is free. CLICK HERE for details. Call 270-474-2211.

Kenlake State Resort Park, Aurora
Aug. 18-21
A weekend full of astronomy-related events is planned at Kenlake. They include telescope viewing, a star party, and a session on how to view the eclipse. For details, CLICK HERE. Call 270-474-2211.

Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park, Calvert City
Aug. 19-21
The Great American Solar Eclipse is coming to Western Kentucky! Join us at Kentucky Dam Village to witness this once-in-a-lifetime celestial event. CLICK HERE for more details. Leading up to the Monday eclipse, visitors can enjoy a host of activities including eclipse presentations by University of Louisville Astronomy Professor Benne Holwerda, an outdoor showing of E.T. The Extraterrestrial, kayak demos, family-friendly astronomy activities, and more. Keep up with additional details on the Kentucky Dam Village Facebook page. Call 270-362-9205.

Lake Barkley State Resort Park, Cadiz
Aug. 21
Lake Barkley State Resort Park is the ultimate destination for viewing the 2017 total eclipse of the sun! The Recreation Department will have tons of activities for guests as we prepare for one of the longest viewing times for the eclipse in the United States! This is a once in a lifetime opportunity! CLICK HERE for details. Call 270-924-1131.

Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park, Dawson Springs
Aug. 17-21
Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park will be one of the best spots around to view the solar eclipse occurring on Aug. 21, 2017! To celebrate this occasion the park will be offering programming Aug. 17-21. Highlights include Night Sky Viewing, an Eclipse Beach Party, a space balloon presentation, and much more. Fees will be charged for most of these events. Boat rentals will also be available. For more information, CLICK HERE or call the park at 270-797-3421.

Wickliffe Mounds State Historic Site, Wickliffe
Aug. 19-21
Visit Wickliffe Mounds and view the eclipse from ancient mounds that date to 1100 AD! The weekend of the eclipse at Wickliffe Mounds will include the Chickasaw Nation Dancers, Chickasaw cultural demonstrations, food concessions, entertainment, souvenirs and eclipse viewing on Aug. 21. Tickets will be sold at the gate. For more information, CLICK HERE or call 270-335-3681 or email [email protected]

Jefferson Davis State Historic Site, Fairview
Aug. 18-21
Jefferson Davis State Historic Site, just 15 minutes from Hopkinsville and in the path of totality, will have entertainment, arts and crafts, food and eclipse viewing Aug. 18-21. The park’s museum, gift shop and obelisk will be open as well. A combination ticket for the museum and obelisk is $15.  CLICK HERE for details. Call 270-889-6100 for information.

Lake Cumberland State Resort Park
Aug. 19-20
Lake Cumberland State Resort Park will provide eclipse-themed activities and programs on Saturday and Sunday, August 19-20, leading up to the eclipse. For information, call 270-343-3111.

For a reservation during the 2017 solar eclipse the first night is due when the reservation is made and is non-refundable.  All reservations for this special event require a two night minimum.  The second night charges will be placed on the credit card 60 days prior to the event.  All reservations not paid in full 60 days prior to the event will be subject to cancellation.

If you need to cancel, contact the park directly within 60 days prior to arrival. You will be charged a fee equal to one night's room and tax.  This will be charged to the credit card used to guarantee the reservation.