The U.S. Forest Service has announced road closures at several sites on the Chattahoochee National Forest in anticipation of an increase in visitors for the solar eclipse on August 21. The agency encourages drivers to understand parking rules and plan ahead for high amounts of traffic on narrow forest roads.
"We want visitors who come for the eclipse to have a safe and enjoyable experience. To ensure safety and protect the forest, we need to keep roadways clear for emergency vehicle use," said Forest Supervisor Betty Jewett. "As you travel on forest roads, keep in mind that there has to be enough space for fire trucks and ambulances to get up and down roads in case of an emergency."
To ensure public safety and emergency vehicle access, the following forest roads will be closed to vehicles, open to foot travel only:
FSR 11 - Glassy Mountain, beyond Apple Gap Road
FSR 62 - Currahee Mountain
FSR 413 - Rabun Bald
Additionally, Brasstown Bald will be open only for those visitors who made a reservation. The 180 Spur Road will be closed to all other traffic. The site has limited capacity and no further reservations are being accepted. Visitors are reminded to check Twitter and Facebook (@ChattOconeeNF) for safety alerts and additional road closures.
The line of "totality" runs through a section of the Chattahoochee in the northeast corner of Georgia.