Smoky Mountain Eclipse Tennessee 2017

Just a quick heads-up that the Total Solar Eclipse will be happening this coming Monday, August 21st and that much of the western side of the Smoky Mountains (around the Townsend area of the Tennessee Smokies) will be within the eclipse’s line of sight.

Here is some updated information from the National Park Service regarding the special event:

Where Can I See The Eclipse?

The entire western half of Great Smoky Mountains National Park will fall under the path of totality for the eclipse, providing opportunities for viewing, weather permitting. The park is currently planning organized public viewing events at three locations in the park: Clingmans Dome; Cades Cove; and Oconaluftee. Visit the Great Smoky Mountains Association page to buy an Eclipse Regional Map.

Clingmans Dome: Clingmans Dome Trailhead parking area will be converted to a special ticketed event site for experiencing the eclipse with the assistance of experts, educational exhibits, and story tellers. The Clingmans Dome tower will be limited to MEDIA ACCESS ONLY, but there are many opportunities for viewing from the parking area and along the 0.5 mile trail to the tower. Tickets for the Clingmans Dome event are sold out. Any cancelled tickets will become available to the public again, so visit regularly to watch for cancellations. You must have a ticket to attend the event at Clingmans Dome. NASA will be streaming live from Clingmans Dome and other locations around the country. Watch the NASA Livestream on August 21. Clingmans Dome Road will be closed on Sunday, August 20th and Monday, August 21st to accommodate the special event. Call 865-436-1585 with questions about the event.

Cades Cove and Oconaluftee: The park is currently planning to host informal staff- guided eclipse viewing sites at Cable Mill (Cades Cove) and Oconaluftee Visitor Center. There will be no charge to participate. Vehicle access to these sites, though, may be closed when parking becomes full or roads become congested.

The Park is still working on details for these events, so check back here often for updated information as it becomes available.

Visitors may view the eclipse from other areas of the park on your own, though due to the influx of eclipse viewers during the already-busy season, the Park Service may need to close certain areas on August 21st to reduce gridlock, which may include Newfound Gap Road and Cades Cove.

See more on the upcoming eclipse and any updates to it at


Celebrate Freedom With Deer Ridge!

Starting on August 1st and running all month, nearby Pigeon Forge (about 30 minutes driving distance from Deer Ridge) will be having a month-long salute for active and veteran members of the military, as well as rescue and law enforcement officers, with military discounts available at over 100 stores, restaurants, attractions and more.

While Deer Ridge isn’t technically part of the Celebrate Freedom festivities, we would like to encourage any interested current or veteran members of the military and their families to come stay with us at Deer Ridge. We offer a military discount that we are proud to say is the BEST military discount in our area – 27% off our nightly rates with proof of military ID. This is good for either our condos or our cabins. We’d also like to emphasize that we don’t have this special going on for one month only – at Deer Ridge, our military discounts are year-round.

You must call to reserve Gatlinburg’s Best Military Discount. Call us toll free at 877-333-7743.

What do we have for Celebrate Freedom in Pigeon Forge? Let’s take a look:

* Ole Smoky Moonshine – 15% off all purchases. Cannot be combined with any other offer.
* Moon Pie General Store & Book Warehouse – Additional 10% off any merchandise not marked down.
* The Grand Majestic Theater – Military personnel and one guest each get 50% off dinner show ticket.
* Old-Fashioned Wood Crafts and Variety Store – 50% off any item in the store.
* Hatfield and McCoy Dinner Feud – $10.00 off adult dinner tickets.
* Magic Beyond Belief – $10.00 off adult dinner tickets.
* Smoky Mountain Opry – $10.00 off adult dinner tickets.
* Mel’s Diner – 10% off.
* Reagan’s House of Pancakes – 25% off entire meal.
* Shoney’s – 15% off all food and beverages.
* Elvis and Hollywood Legends Museum – Free admission.
* The Great Smoky Mountain Wheel – Wheel ticket discount of $7.00.
* Titanic Museum Attraction – $5.00 off box office rate.
* Country Tonite Theatre – $15.00 off each adult in your party. Kids 12 and under are free.
* Alamo Steakhouse – 20% off for active duty or veteran military officers, police officers and firefighters.
* Bennetts BBQ – 20% off for active duty or veteran military officers, police officers and firefighters.
* Big Daddy’s Pizzeria – 20% off for active duty or veteran military officers, police officers and firefighters.
* Firehouse Subs – $2.00 off any medium or large sub sandwich.
* Mad Dog Creamery – 20% off for active duty or veteran military officers, police officers and firefighters.
* Mama’s Farmhouse – 20% off for active duty or veteran military officers, police officers and firefighters.
* Marble Slab Creamery – 15% off.
* Marco’s Pizza – 25% off regular menu price. Some restrictions apply.
* Huck Finn’s Catfish – Free order of fried pickles appetizer per table.
* TopJump Trampoline Park – 25% off to military and their family.
* Incredible Christmas Place – One free pound of fudge with ID.

We welcome all Military past and present to experience the Best Views in the Smokies with our Best Military Discount!