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Totality, Eclipse Viewing Locations at Van Meter State Park

8/21/2017 | Annie and Abel Van Meter State Park | Miami, MO

The eclipse at Van Meter State Park begins at 11:43:47 a.m. Totality begins at 1:10:06 p.m. and will last for 2 minutes and 40 seconds. Limited supplies of eclipse viewers are available at Missouri’s American Indian Cultural Center souvenir shop for $1.

Viewing locations in the park:
  • Missouri’s American Indian Cultural Center: 
    The area surrounding the cultural center is open with few trees and unobstructed views of the event. This area is not level, so lawn chairs are not recommended but blankets are. Restrooms and parking are available. Missouri’s American Indian cultural Center will be closed from 1 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. for totality.
  • Picnic area: 
    This area is open and flat, but trees may obstruct your view of the eclipse, although there are several areas where the canopy is fairly open. Restrooms and parking are available.
  • Mound field/Earthworks:
    The highest point in the park is located on the mound field and the area is fairly open with a few trees scattered within. The Earthworks is fairly open, but has a lot of trees that may block your view. The Earthworks require a hike from either from the mound field or the picnic area. Parking at the mound field will be limited, and restrooms are unavailable at these locations. 
  • Other hike-in locations: 
    Loess hills Trail (2 miles) has a couple of locations that will provide for views of the eclipse. The view at the Lake Wooldridge dam is fairly unobstructed, but is down in a valley. On the eastern portion of the trail is a large open hay field that would provide for an excellent view of the eclipse. Oumessourit Boardwalk Trail (0.5 mile) is fairly open on the boardwalk and provides views of the marsh in the Oumessourit Natural Area during the event.
Event times: 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.

To learn more about the eclipse, click here. For a complete list of events in Missouri State Parks related to the eclipse, click here.

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