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Reserve a Missouri campsite for the solar eclipse

(Nov. 9, 2016) -- According to Missouri State parks, there are 42 parks and historic sites within the narrow path of the total eclipse. Of those, 19 allow overnight camping, and park officials are allowing people to reserve campsites at those locations earlier than usual, ahead of the big astronomical event.

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — The sun will go dark on Aug. 21 when the moon passes in front of the sun and blocks solar rays in a swath across Missouri’s midsection.

According to Missouri State parks, there are 42 parks and historic sites within the narrow path of the total eclipse. Of those, 19 allow overnight camping, and park officials are allowing people to reserve campsites at those locations earlier than usual, ahead of the big astronomical event.

“It’s been nearly 150 years since a total solar eclipse took place in the Show-Me State and we recognize that many Missourians are already planning a memorable way to experience the big event,” said Bill Bryan, director of Missouri State Parks. “Guests can make advance reservations now to guarantee that they will have the chance to top off a fun weekend of camping and exploring the outdoors by viewing this extraordinary and rare astronomical event in a state park.”

To read the full story by Springfield News Leader, click here.

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About Rebecca Smith

Rebecca Smith is a Wisconsin native currently living in Illinois with her husband, Eric, and two dogs, Maggie and Grace. She enjoys hiking, biking, kayaking and, of course, camping in cabins and park models.

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