Top 5 Eclipse Trips in SC



1. Oconee County

The beautiful Lake Jocassee. 

The beautiful Lake Jocassee. 

This area will be the first place to view the eclipse in South Carolina, and you can’t ask for a better setting. Popular spots will be the breathtaking Lake Jocassee and the sprawling mountain vineyards at Chattooga Belle. There’s plenty of hiking, waterfalls, and awesome towns to explore and make a weekend of it. This blog outlines the highlights for the Oconee area during the eclipse and this website gives you ideas for more adventures along the way!

2. Greenwood

One of our favorite small towns is having a weekend full of activities to celebrate the eclipse including movie night, moon pies, several different viewing parties, and free viewing glasses.  You can even take part in the viewing event at Ninety Six National Historic Site for a truly historic occasion. The once-in-a-lifetime eclipse from the shores of beautiful Lake Greenwood would also be a sight to be seen!

3. Columbia

Our state capital has pulled out all the stops for the eclipse with more than 100 (!) different festivals and events to choose from.  Restaurants will celebrate with a new Carolina Blackout IPA , the local baseball team will offer a fireworks display, there’s a balloon battle on the agenda,  and even NASA is joining in on the fun by holding an official viewing location at the University of South Carolina campus. And that’s just to name a few, folks.

4. Charleston

Continually voted as one of the top destinations in the nation, it’s no wonder that Charleston has an eclipse agenda full of awesomeness. There’s a viewing party on the USS Yorktown, the picturesque pier on Folly Beach, opportunities to view the eclipse from the water, and plenty of rooftop bars to go around.

5. The Hammock Coast

The Hammock Coasts is on the edge of the hustle and bustle of the busier beaches found in Myrtle and Charleston and provides perhaps one of the most charming coastal eclipse viewing experiences. Imagine taking in the eclipse at one of the oldest resort destinations in the southeast on Pawleys Island, a viewing party at the historic birthplace of a signer of the Declaration of Independence, a walk on the marsh at the Seafood Capital of South Carolina, a guided kayak tour for a good cause, and even a festival at world-renown Brookgreen Gardens. Browse all Hammock Coast eclipse events here!


Can’t leave home for the eclipse? Here are some tips on ordering safe viewing glasses and also how to make your own!