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Solar Eclipse 2017 Viewing in Metro Parks


The once-in-a-lifetime total eclipse of the sun on August 21, 2017 can be experienced at any of Metro’s 108 parks. The best park locations for viewing will be those parks with ample parking and large open grassy areas. Also, those parks located in the northeast areas of the city will experience a slightly longer period of totality. All Metro Parks will be open for visitors to view the event on their own. Select locations will have staff on hand and solar viewing glasses available during the event. In addition, the Parthenon lawn at Centennial Park will be set up as a special location for local, national and international media outlets.

Metro Parks with links to maps and directions

Metro Parks located in areas of longer totality that have large open grassy areas and parking include:

  • Cedar Hill Park
  • Madison Park
  • Parkwood Park
  • Peeler Park
  • Two Rivers Park
  • Whites Creek Park

Metro Parks that will have staff on hand and solar viewing glasses available may have limited capacity, so advance registration may be required. Details regarding reservations will soon be available from Metro Parks Nature Centers.

These locations include:

  • Bells Bend Outdoor Center, 4187 Old Hickory Blvd. Nashville, TN 37218, 615-862-4187
  • Fort Negley Visitor Center, 1100 Fort Negley Blvd. Nashville, TN 37203, 615-862-8470
  • Shelby Bottoms Nature Center, 1900 Davidson St. Nashville, TN 37206, 615-862-8539
  • Warner Park Nature Center, 7311 Highway 100, Nashville, TN 37221, 615-352-6299

Educational classes and activities will be offered throughout the summer at Metro Parks Nature Centers and Community Centers. Special programs will also be offered at the Parthenon and Fort Negley. Metro Parks is partnering with the Adventure Science Center, the Bernard Seyfert Astronomical Society and others to provide these free programs for those who wish to learn more about this amazing natural event and prepare for the actual viewing. Information can be found at any of the Metro Parks Nature Centers as well as the Fort Negley Visitor Center: