Eclipse over South Carolina: As found from the NASA interactive eclipse map, the Moon’s shadow along the centerline crosses the western border just north of Mountain Rest, South Carolina at 2:36:10 PM Eastern Daylight Time (18:36:10 Universal Time). At Mountain Rest, totality lasts 2 minutes, 38 seconds and the path of totality is 71.6 miles wide.
The path of totality passes squarely over the center of South Carolina, covering the greatest percentage of land area of any other state along the path. The three largest cities in South Carolina experience totality, Greenville, Columbia and Charleston. In Columbia, the state capital, totality begins at 2:41:50 PM, and lasts for 2:30. At the centerline, the lunar umbra passes over 250 miles of the state of South Carolina in the span of 12 minutes, 50 seconds, at an average speed of 1461 miles per hour, or 1.92 times the speed of sound.
The Moon’s shadow along the centerline goes out to sea at Bull’s Bay along the Atlantic coast at 2:49:02 PM EDT (18:49:02 UT). At Bull’s Bay, the duration of totality is 2 minutes, 34 seconds and the path of totality at the eastern border is 71.6 miles wide.
NOTE: Duration of totality is longest along the centerline. Duration of totality approaches ZERO near the edges of the path of totality. Please consult the NASA interactive eclipse map for precise times and durations of totality at each specific location in the state, along with locals times for the beginning and ending of the partial eclipse phases.
Lodging: As with all locations along the path, hotel reservations will fill up well in advance. Plan instead to tent camp or rent an RV. While there are many commercial and public campgrounds, primitive camping is inexpensive in the National Parks and free in the National Forests.
Traffic Concerns: In the event of any last-minute, impromptu eclipse day trippers, South Carolina might have the worst traffic problem of any other state along the path of totality. Drivers could converge on the Palmetto State along many large, well-traveled freeways. Atlanta drivers could head north on I-85 toward Greenville. Drivers in Charlotte and points north in North Carolina would likely converge south on I-77. Augusta drivers would take I-20 toward Columbia. But the very-busy I-95 corridor would carry the eclipse-chasing population of Florida from the south, while from the north would descend drivers from North Carolina, Virginia, Washington, D.C., and the major east coast population hubs beyond.
Weather: According to the Eclipsophile site, based on meteorological averages, South Carolina has better prospects for clear skies than the mountain areas to the west, improving greatly toward the coast. But a strong high pressure area on Eclipse Day might bring out the American masses!
Planning Your South Carolina Eclipse Vacation: Please read the resources on our Be Prepared! page for finding opportunities for overnight lodging at your South Carolina eclipse viewing destination. South Carolina is famous for its beaches, and is well-equipped to handle an influx of well-prepared vacationers. The path of totality passes over the most densely populated parts of the state, so comfortable accommodations might be easier to obtain than in other states. Check out Discover South Carolina for more information on planning your South Carolina eclipse vacation.
Organized Eclipse Events in South Carolina:
SC Solar Eclipse Headquarters – The SC State Museum in Columbia is hosting an fun-filled weekend of solar eclipse related events leading up to a special opportunity to view the eclipse at the museum.
Solar Eclipse in Columbia, SC – A visitor’s bureau eclipse page, including other things to do in Columbia.
Total Eclipse Weekend: SC – South Carolina has an event-filled weekend of eclipse activities planned!
This list is a work in progress! Please contact us if you know of any other South Carolina eclipse events!