Cookeville, TN – The total solar eclipse on Monday will last for 2 minutes and 33 seconds; an event that has not happened in Cookeville since 1478! If you’re planning on attending any local events or watching somewhere remote with family and friends, besides remembering to bring a pair of special solar eclipse glasses, keep in mind driver and pedestrian safety as well.
Thousands of people are expected in Cookeville for this once-in-a-lifetime event. This also means local streets will be more congested and traffic will be slow moving. The Cookeville Police Department wants you to plan accordingly and not use busy streets, highways, or interstates as your viewing area. Pulling off on the side of the road is strongly discouraged and dangerous.
Some of the many places to view the eclipse in and around Cookeville are:
Tennessee Tech University, 1 William L Jones Drive, Cookeville
View parking map: https://www.tntech.edu/assets/usermedia/cob/eclipse/Eclipse_Campus_Map_Park_Zones.pdf
Dogwood Park, 30 East Broad Street, Cookeville
Cane Creek Sports Plex, 2200 West Jackson, Cookeville
Putnam County Fairgrounds, 155 Fairground Street, Cookeville
Cummins Falls State Park, 390 Cummins Falls Lane, Cookeville
Burgess Falls State Park, 4000 Burgess Falls Drive, Sparta
Window Cliffs State Park, 8400 Old Cane Creek Rd, Baxter
The partial eclipse of the sun begins at 12:01 p.m. The start of totality begins at 1:29 p.m. for 2 minutes 33 seconds. The partial eclipse ends at 2:56 p.m.