Eclipse Information for Radnor Lake
It is finally here……..the Big Eclipse is upon us! The Radnor Lake Staff is ready and looking forward to hosting our 2017 Eclipse Events at Radnor Lake! The weather forecast is looking very good for this unique event, the following is an update to ensure that our park visitors have the latest information on what to expect tomorrow.
Special thanks to our partners at Vanderbilt-Dyer Observatory for providing orientation training to our ranger staff, partners and educational information for our park visitors, Friends of Radnor Lake and Tennessee State Parks Staff for their assistance in our planning efforts for this unique event!
Important Planning Times for Nashville, TN on August 21st, 2017
First contact: 11:58am—Partial Eclipse Begins
Second Contact: 1:27pm Totality Begins
Third Contact: 1:29pm Totality Ends
Forth Contact: 2:54pm Partial Eclipse Ends
Designated Eclipse Viewing Areas at Radnor Lake
Monday, August 21st from 11:30am-3pm. There will be two designated viewing areas that park visitors can bring a chair to set up to enjoy the 2017 eclipse at Radnor Lake State Natural Area. These areas do not require registration and will be first come-first serve beginning at 11:30am. Park visitors are encouraged to bring a folding chair to set up in this area and use of these areas will be consistent with our rules for Otter Creek Road. To view those park rules/regulations, please visit our website at the following link: http://radnorblogs.wpengine.com/the-park/park-rules-and-regulations/
Please see link below for the map of viewing areas:
The Big Eclipse Canoe Float(s)Partial Eclipse Canoe Float:
Monday, August 21st at Noon-1pm. Partial eclipse begins at Radnor Lake at 11:58am and this ranger-led interpretive float will be open to 12 park visitors to kick-off the 2017 Eclipse on Radnor Lake. This float will be approximately 1 hour. Ages 10 years old and up. Life vest, paddles and canoes provided by Radnor Lake. Fee for this program is $30. On-line registration is required and begins on Wednesday, August 16th at 3pm at the following: http://tnstateparks.com/parks/events/radnor-lake/#/?park=radnor-lake.
Eclipse Viewing at the Barbara J. Mapp Aviary Education Center
Monday, August 21st from 12:30pm-2pm. Join Ranger Dustin Crowell for an open house at the Barbara J. Mapp Aviary Education Center which will include tours, birds of prey programs and a great viewing area for the eclipse. Reservations are required and this event is limited to 25 park visitors. The Barbara J. Mapp Aviary Center is a 1 1/4 hike from the Radnor Lake Visitor Center and accessible by foot only. There is no fee for this event, however on-line registration is required and begins on Wednesday, August 16th at 3pm at the following: http://tnstateparks.com/parks/events/radnor-lake/#/?park=radnor-lake.
Important Eclipse Event Planning Notes:
· Registration for the programs on August 21st, 2017 does not reserve a parking spot on August 21st. We anticipate that parking will be similar to weekend visitation due the uniqueness of this event. Park visitors who register for any these programs are advised to arrive early to ensure they are on-time to participate.
Educational information provided by Vanderbilt-Dyer Observatory and Friends of Radnor Lake will be posted at each parking area all day tomorrow to ensure safe viewing of this eclipse and other viewing information.
· Eclipse glasses will be available starting at 9am at the Walter Criley Visitor Center—1 per family until supplies run out. Park visitors are advised to bring their own to ensure they can safely view the eclipse.
There will be a state park ranger stationed at each parking area (east and visitor center parking) at Radnor Lake to answer questions, traffic control, etc……we ask that all of our park visitors carpool and anticipate traffic/parking delays. Thank you in advance for your understanding and we hope you have a great experience on August 21st!