While the Orchard Dale historical farm just northwest of Hopkinsville, Kentucky offers the absolute longest moment of totality (when you count hundredths of a second), the total solar eclipse that will take place August 21, 2017 can actually be experienced throughout western Kentucky. Many communities and towns directly in the Path of Totality will experience the eclipse anywhere from a few seconds to 2 minute, 40 second time frame.
Cities in Kentucky that will be able to view the eclipse in totality include Princeton, Cadiz, Benton, Eddyville, Dawson Springs, Paducah, Madisonville, Central City, Russellville, and Bowling Green. Major cities in Tennessee along the eclipse path include Nashville and Clarksville, and it will be viewable in Illinois in Metropolis, Marion, Carbondale, and Cape Girardeau, among other locations.
The eclipse path will also include some well-known landmarks and natural destinations. In Kentucky, its path will include Land Between The Lakes, the Pennyrile State Forest, Lake Barkley State Resort Park, Kenlake State Park, and Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park. The Cross Creeks National Wildlife Refuge in Dover, Tennessee, can serve as a viewing spot, and locations in Illinois include the Shawnee National Forest and Garden of the Gods, the West Kentucky State Wildlife Management Area, the Higginson-Henry Wildlife Area, the Carb Orchard National Wildlife Refuge, and the Trail of Tears State Forest.
All times are Central Daylight. Click the links to get event and local information. Tip: You may want to sync your watch to the atomic clock, located at www.time.gov, in order to know exactly when totality begins.
Select Western Kentucky Cities
|City||Totality Begin||Totality End||Totality Duration|
Murray, Mayfield and Wickliffe will experience about 99.9% totality. If you take a very short drive northeast (less than five minutes) from these communities, you'll experience totality.
Kentucky State Parks & Public Lands
Click the links to get detailed event listings for that location.
|Location||Totality Begin||Totality End||Totality Duration|
|Pennyrile State Park Visitor's Center||1:24:06||1:26:43||2:37|
|Lake Barkley State Park||1:23:54||1:26:23||2:29|
|Land Between The Lakes Visitor's Center||1:23:54||1:26:01||2:07|
|Kenlake State Park||1:23:51||1:25:47||1:56|
UPDATE: Due to heavy traffic volumes, this map may not load or may be slow to respond! A phenomenal interactive map showing every location in the path of the eclipse along with precise times can be accessed here.
Watch this video courtesy of Ernie Wright and NASA showing the Path of Totality across the USA.