Katahdin Woods and Waters

2024 Total Solar Eclipse

A graphic map that highlights the path of totality of the 2024 eclipse created by NASA.
The band on the right highlights the April 8, 2024 path of totality.

NASA's Scientific Visualization Studio

On April 8, 2024, a total solar eclipse will be visible from Texas to Maine. The path of totality will cross over 27 park units as it makes its way across Texas, Arkansas, Missouri, Kentucky, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine. Visit NASA.gov for more information about the 2024 total eclipse.

Eclipse Explorer Junior Ranger badges and solar viewers are offered at participating sites only. National Park Service sites do not have capacity to mail Eclipse Junior Ranger booklets or badges. You can also download the Eclipse Explorer booklet and enjoy the activities at home!

What is a total eclipse?

A total eclipse is the lineup of the sun, the moon, and Earth. The moon will be directly between the sun and the Earth, casting a shadow on the Earth. Totality (total eclipse) occurs when the moon covers the entirety of the sun except for the corona, or sun’s atmosphere. The longest total eclipse time occurs at the center line, where you experience the moon’s shadow’s full width. Outside the cone or umbra, viewers will experience a partial eclipse.

The next opportunities to experience a total solar eclipse over the United States will be in 2044 (in North Dakota and Montana) and 2045 (as it crosses from California to Florida).

It is never safe to view the sun without proper eye protection! Click How Do I View An Eclipse Safely? for information on safe viewing practices, creating homemade filters, and much more.

Can I watch the solar eclipse at Katahdin Woods & Waters NM?

The weather in April is unpredictable in this region of Maine. Over the past 5 years, the temperature on April 8th has been anywhere from 28°- 60°F. This means that the conditions of monument can range from snowy, icy, or very muddy from snowmelt. [This information is subject to change as April 8, 2024 approaches.] Check weather.gov for more specific information on northern Maine to help you plan for the total eclipse. Images of current conditions are below.

  • Route 159 to Grand Lake Road takes you to the northern section of the monument. The North Gate will be closed. The only parking area available during this time is at the North Gate parking lot. Visitors will have to travel by foot past the North Gate.
  • Route 11 to Swift Brook Road is the route to the southern section of the monument. It also brings you to the the Loop Road. Swift Brook Road and gates are privately owned. As of March 4, 2024, the Swift Brook Road gates have been closed and locked to prevent road damage during "mud season."
  • American Thread Road is the access point to the Seboeis Parcel. This road is not maintained during the winter. Depending on weather, it may either be too snowy, icy or muddy to travel very far.

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