Friday, Aug. 11, 2017 / News 12 NBC 26 at 6 O’Clock
AIKEN COUNTY, S.C. (WRDW/WAGT) – Off the beaten path, but on the path of totality.
"We're one of the ideal spots in the area, and I think people are gonna really travel to us.”
That’s because Camp Gravatt is dedicating an entire day to the once in a lifetime experience.
But reach of the event is stretching far beyond the Augusta area, Program Director Thomas Coleman says they have guests coming from…
“Definitely South Carolina, Georgia, North Carolina,”
And even from…
“We’ve received calls from New Mexico, Florida, and the Northeast.”
All coming to Camp Gravatt for a chance to sit here and watch the eclipse. But what started as a small community event, has exploded into a much bigger deal.
"We thought we might do something small and then we were approached by the Ruth Patrick Science Center at USC Aiken to partner for this event. Once we partnered with them, the event that has really grown," said Coleman.
So much so that they’re expecting more than 1000 people the day of, and are already sold out for overnight accommodations.
“Once June hit, it has just exploded. We get emails, calls daily, from all over the country,” said Coleman.
But seeing the eclipse from Camp Gravatt isn’t like anywhere else in the area.
“They can canoe, they can zip line, they can do so many different activities one place, one day, while viewing a once in a lifetime opportunity,” said Coleman.
So pack your bags, grab your eclipse glasses, and head to Camp Gravatt.
NOTE: Organizers say they’ve completely sold out ALL overnight accomodations, but that guests can still purchase day passes for the event.