Eclipse Event – FAQs

Q:How many tickets are available? CAn YOu HOld tickets? Will you have enough for my family/friends? CAn We Buy Tickets on the Day of the Event?

Because of limited parking space, and because we want to keep our programs a reasonable size for our space, only offered 300 paid admissions.

We’ve started a waiting list here. If tickets become available, we’ll offer them to folks on the waiting list by order of registration.

Q: How Will I Know if My tickets Are REserved?

After you complete your PayPal donation, you should be returned to a “Thank You” page on our website. You’ll also receive a confirmation email from PayPal and an email from us.  Check your junk or spam folder, and also add info@friendsofthecumberlandtrail.org to your address list.

If you received a PayPal confirmation, your tickets are reserved, but we want to make sure you’re in the loop as we make event announcements and send instructions via email, so please let us know if you didn’t receive your confirmation from us.  If you haven’t received a notification, get in touch with Marcianne O’Day at the park office marcianne.oday@tn.gov and she will be able to confirm if your tickets are reserved.

Q: How Will I receive My Ticket(s)?

We’re using the term “ticket” loosely. We’ll have staff at the gate checking folks in as they enter the event using a list of those who have paid admission.  Closer to the date, we’ll be sending out an email with more instructions and you can print that and bring it as confirmation. If you’re on the list, you’ll be able to enter and if you’d made your admission donation, you’re on the list.

Q: Where is the Head of Sequatchie?

The Head of Sequatchie is located about 25 minutes from Crossville, Tennessee in Cumberland County.  Cell service is a bit spotty, so make sure to have a look at a map & driving directions in advance.  It’s not hard to find, once you’ve been there, but first-timers who rely on cellphone navigation sometimes get turned around. You can find navigation help here: driving directions, google maps, open street maps.

Q: Is the event pet-friendly?

We love your pets! Please follow normal park rules– leash your pet & be sure to clean up after them.

Q: Is the event KID-friendly?

The entire event is family-friendly and kids under the age of 12 are free with ticketed adult supervision. However, unless specified as a kids program (creek walk, scavenger hunt, kids crafts) our educational programs are designed to appeal to a general audience. Children will be welcome to all the programs, but should be accompanied by an adult who can gauge their interest level and attention span, and help them enjoy the program appropriately.

Q: Can I bring outside food & drinks?

We’ll have food and drink available for sale during the event with proceeds benefiting the trail, but if you have special dietary needs, you’re welcome to bring your own meal & snacks.

Q: What should I bring?

Bring a lawn or camp chair or a picnic blanket, sunscreen, bug spray & a water bottle. We’re expecting it to be hot & humid and we want to make sure everyone is well-hydrated.  If you’ll be going on the hikes, bring some supportive closed-toe shoes as well.

Q: What programs will be offered?

We’re still working out our schedule for the day, but we’ve confirmed that we’ll have live music, ranger-led hikes and a creek program, a photo booth, an introduction to orienteering, native plants, a geology talk, archeology & prehistory, primitive weaponry, Tennessee history, trailbuilding demonstration, scavenger hunt, photography, kids crafts & more to be announced.

Q: What If it’s cloudy? Rainy?

Sadly, we can’t control the weather, but hopefully it will be good!

Even if we can’t view it directly, we’ll be able to observe changes in the natural environment that occur during the eclipse. And, all our programs throughout the day will continue as planned.

In the event of rain, we’ll make modifications and carry on as best we can. If conditions on-site are unsafe, our safety & security officer will make a call and we’ll act according to safety best practices.

Q: Can I Get a Refund? What is your Cancellation Policy?

We can refund on admission donations up until August 11th. This will allow us to offer your tickets to someone on our waiting list. After the 11th, we will have incurred expenses that depend on a specific headcount and we need to make sure we can cover those out of event proceeds.  If you’d like to “re-home” your tickets after the 11th, send us the name of the folks who will be attending in your place (marcianne.oday@tn.gov), and we’ll update your entry on our list at the gate so they can enter and enjoy the festivities.

5 Responses to Eclipse Event – FAQs

  1. Melissa Reese

    I filled out the form to attend the Eclipse Event – but I didn’t submit any form of payment. Should I have been asked to pay up front or will I be paying the day of the Event? Melissa Reese

  2. Your park looks like a very nice place to view the eclipse. What happens to the visitors that don’t have reservations? Will the site be allowed to become overcrowded?

    • Friends of the Cumberland Trail

      Joe, this part of the Cumberland Trail isn’t open to the public but one Saturday a month. So technically, it will be closed to the general public on 8/21, and only those who have registered will be allowed through the gate. There are some other places nearby where folks can view the eclipse for free– for example, at Cumberland Mountain State Park.

  3. maghdatis morton

    So if you don’t have a ticket, are you still able to come to the park to view the eclipse?

    • Friends of the Cumberland Trail

      Maghdatis,
      The Head of Sequatchie will be closed to the general public at that time and is only open to event attendees. More tickets may be available, so if you’d like to join us there, please fill out the form to get added to the waiting list.

      If you’re looking for a free eclipse viewing at a State Park, Cumberland Mountain State Park, which is very nearby, is hosting a viewing at their golf course.

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