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State campgrounds will open early next year for total solar eclipse

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Governor Kathy Hochul has announced an early opening of seven state park campgrounds in New York to accommodate visitors hoping to witness the rare total solar eclipse in April 2024. These campgrounds will provide over 335 sites across eight counties in western, central, and northern New York for the much-anticipated celestial event. “Our State Parks will open campground accommodations early, prior to the traditional camping season, to ensure people can see this amazing display in one of New York’s beautiful natural settings,” said Governor Hochul.

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Reservations, which start the week of July 3, 2023, will allow visitors to secure accommodations for the night of the eclipse, with check-out at 11:00 a.m. the following morning. The total solar eclipse on April 8, 2024, will trace a narrow path across 15 U.S. states, including much of western and upstate New York. New York State Parks Commissioner Erik Kulleseid remarked, “Visitors not only will get a chance to see this inspiring cosmic display – which won’t happen again in the continental U.S. until 2044 – they will also be able to enjoy the beauty of early spring in some of our most beautiful State Parks.”

Sites can be reserved through and will be available from April 4-8 at seven different state parks, including Allegany State Park, Fair Haven Beach State Park, Letchworth State Park, Evangola State Park, Four Mile Creek State Park, Golden Hill State Park, and Wellesley Island State Park. Safety precautions for viewing the eclipse include the use of specialized solar viewing glasses or handheld solar viewers. Further information about the 2024 Total Eclipse in New York State can be found on the official tourism website

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