Monday: Law enforcement is posting someone at the Rabun Gap Post Office to direct traffic.
UPDATE 4:11 p.m. Monday: Ramey Blvd, where all those people parked and took shuttles, is freely flowing. 441 in Clayton is flowing fairly nicely as well according to law enforcement.
UPDATE 4:05 p.m. Monday: Law enforcment reports that Black Rock Mountain Parkway is “pretty much blocked.” In a turnabout, traffic is freely flowing on Main St. in downtown Clayton, but parking has filled up on the road.
UPDATE 3:42 p.m. Monday: Per google maps
Hwy 441 S is backed from Tallulah Falls all the way to Otto, NC. Estimated backup time 1h 23 min.
Hwy 246, Hwy 76 E & W, Warwoman road are all showing congestion.
Downtown Clayton has loosened its grip a bit, but many still coming through town
UPDATE 3:30 p.m. Monday: 441N is congested, 441S is at a standstill from Clayton to Tallulah Falls. Contributing to the mass traffic in Tallulah Falls are the U-turns being done by those who were allowed to park on the shoulder of 441 in both directions.
UPDATE 3:10 p.m. Monday: Reports of traffic at a standstill between Clayton and Wiley on Hwy. 441 S. Clayton police are directing traffic and are currently ignoring lights in order to get traffic moving. Google Maps shows a slowdown from Dillard to Goats on the Roof.
UPDATE 3:01 p.m. Monday: Heavy congestion in downtown Clayton
UPDATE 2:58 p.m. Monday: Reports are that traffic is backed up from Walmart to Stekoa Creek. However, expect heavy congestion from North Carolina to Demorest currently.
UPDATE 2:54 p.m. Monday: Reports of Clayton Police sending officers to the Hwy. 76 & 441 Light as well as Savannah St & 441 light to get people moving Southbound efficiently.
UPDATE 2:42 p.m. Monday: Law Enforcement has called for traffic control at 5 Points Store on Hwy. 76E
UPDATE 12:10 p.m. Monday: Traffic on 441 N as you approach Tallulah Falls School is at a standstill. For 1 mile north and south of the TFS campus, police are allowing vehicles to park on the shoulder of 441 in both directions.
UPDATE: 11:50 a.m. Monday:
441N: Traffic through Clayton is free flowing outside of at the traffic lights where you may have to wait a turn or two of the light. Starting at Osage Farms, traffic is bumper to bumper.
441S: Fluid at this time
Downtown Clayton: Traffic is fluid but parking is at a premium. Beware of people crossing the street as the shuttles are loading on the opposite side of Main compared to where they are parking.
UPDATE: 11:07 a.m. Monday: Traffic on 441 N in Clayton has disappated somewhat, however the lights are still heavily congested. Also, once you reach Osage Farms it is complete gridlock.
UPDATE: 10:50 a.m. Monday: Traffic on 441 is bumper to bumper and is showing no signs of getting better. Downtown Clayton is congested but moving slowly. Parking is beginning to fill up in downtown Clayton.
UPDATE: 10:29 a.m. Monday: Traffic is now bumper to bumper on 441N from Dillard/Rabun Gap area to past Walmart/Home Depot.
UPDATE: 10:23 a.m. Monday: Accident reported on Rickman Airfield Rd. A car came down the embankment and hit a tree.
UPDATE 10:17 a.m. Monday: Hwy 441 N in Clayton is gridlock at all lights. 76W coming into Clayton is wide open and is the best route to take into town currently.
UPDATE 9:57 a.m. Monday: Hwy. 441N is backed up from Dillard/Rabun Gap all the way down to Smitty’s Liquor in Clayton. Walmart reports that their parking lot will be full within 30 minutes or less.
UPDATE 9:38 a.m. Monday: Reports are in that state all Tallulah Falls’ area lots are 100% full.
UPDATE 9:25 a.m. Monday: Reports of more illegal road parking. This time on Roger Coles Rd.
UPDATE 9:20 a.m. Monday: Reports from Metro Atlanta indicate that 985 N is completely packed as people head north towards the mountains. Expect traffic to continue to be an issue on main arteries and for side streets to fill up as the morning progresses. 441 N in Clayton is extremely congested, but is moving.
UPDATE 9:17 a.m. Monday: Parking is becoming a premium at some locations in Clayton. Parking on Ramey Blvd is beginning to fill up and the Covered Bridge shopping center parking lot is over 1/2 full.
UPDATE 9:08 a.m. Monday: As the gates open at RGNS, reports are coming in concerning empty cars that are holding up traffic. One reported near Valley Cafe, another at Betty’s Creek. Law Enforcement also reports that many of those in line do not have tickets to enter. They will be turned away but will cause traffic issues throughout the morning. Traffic lights on Hwy. 441 N in Clayton are now bumper to bumper.
UPDATE 8:54 a.m. Monday: In addition to reports concerning Hwy. 441 S, both 441 N lanes are heavily congested past the outdoor flea market. Officials have made the Hwy 441 S shoulder into a entrance lane for RGNS.
UPDATE 8:48 a.m. Monday: Traffic accident on GA-15 near PIggly Wiggly. Accident involved a Truck and SUV and is pulled off the road on the southbound side of GA-15. Gates are still closed at RGNS until 9:30 and traffic continues to back up in the right lane of 441 S in that area.
UPDATE 8:32 a.m. Monday: Hwy 441 S in Dillard is now backed up past Reeves Hardware. The illegal u-turns have continued to occur.
UPDATE 8:18 a.m. Monday: Reports of people parking on the roadways in Dillard
UPDATE 8:09 a.m. Monday: Reports from Dillard of Hwy 441 N traffic making illegal u-turns in order to get into the souhtbound line for RGNS. Please excercise extreme caution.
UPDATE 8:05 a.m. Monday: Hwy. 441 S traffic in Dillard is now at a standstill past Porter’s coffee.
UPDATE 7:58 a.m. Monday: Hwy 441 N at the Habersham County/Rabun County line is at a complete standstill in both lanes.
UPDATE 7:50 a.m. Monday: Hwy. 441 S in Dillard is backed up substantially from the gates of RGNS to points north. Traffic is at a complete standstill in the right southbound lane.
UPDATE 7:41 a.m. Monday: Hwy. 441 N is backed up in the Black Rock Mountain Rd. area. Mountain City police are on scene to direct traffic.
UPDATE 7:35 a.m. Monday: Traffic on Hwy. 441 S is backing up past Henry Dillard St. as people wait for Rabun Gap Nacoochee School gates to open for the TDA event on campus.
UPDATE 7:26 a.m. Monday: Traffic is slwoing down right before Hwy. 441 N goes from 4 lanes to 2 lanes in the Rabun Gap area. Dillard House parking lot is filling up and Dillard City hall already has approximately 100 cars.
UPDATE 7:11 a.m. Monday: First traffic slow down of eclipse day. Use caution on 441N near Jane Hurt Yarn Rd. in Tallulah Falls. Traffic is reported to be backed up for 1/2 mile.
UPDATE 6:54 a.m. Monday: Eclipse day is here and we are already seeing some traffic. While roads are free flowing, they are busier than your typical Monday morning. Gas Stations and restaurants are reaping the benefit as people are stopping to fill up and grab a bite to eat.
UPDATE 8:23 p.m. Sunday: After a slight lull in activity, downtown Clayton is once again packed and parking is at a premium. Parking in the lots on the fringes of downtown is still available but parking on Main St. is not readily available outside of the very far ends of downtown.
UPDATE, 7:01 p.m. Sunday: Traffic is wide open throughout Rabun. However, if you are planning on parking downtown, excercise some patience. We have seen a shift from Metro Atlanta to Out of State license tags. Parking is available, but is not plentiful on the street.
UPDATE, 6:18 p.m. Sunday: From Alan Price, chairman of the OutASight eclipse committee: Allow extra time to get around Monday as the RGNS event is expecting 2,500 cars, 10,000 people. Parking begins at 9:30 a.m.
UPDATE, 5:06 p.m. Sunday: Traffic, while slighltly higher than a normal Sunday late afternoon, is free flowing on all major arteries.
UPDATE, 3:11 p.m. Sunday: Traffic on 441N in Dillard has slowed significantly to approximately 15-20 MPH. Surface roads in Dillard are crowded but moving. Mountain City is congested but freely flowing. South into Clayton, 441N is still moving, but traffic lights are seeing significantly increased backups at times.
UPDATE, 2:06 p.m. Sunday: While traffic is freely flowing through downtown Clayton, parking is at a premium. There are some spots available in the lots surrounding downtown but spots directly on main street are full.
UPDATE, 1:40 p.m. Sunday: While Hwy 441N towards Dillard is still flowing, it is becoming more and more congested. Left hand turns onto and off of the highway are becoming increasingly difficult.
UPDATE, 12:24 p.m. Sunday: Reporter Brandon Fait tells us that Highway 441 North is busier than usual, but is flowing smoothly. There is some slowdown around the bottleneck in Dillard, but so far the only area of congestion is around Highway 246 to Sky Valley.
Good morning, Rabun County! We will be working throughout the day to provide you information on events, traffic and other news as necessary.
It’s a beautiful Northeast Georgia morning. The roads, while busy, currently show no signs of congestion and store shelves looked mostly to fully stocked.
Solar eclipse events get underway again at noon in Dillard, at 1 p.m. in Sky Valley and in Tiger at Stonewall Creek Vineyards, and at 2 p.m. in Rabun Gap for the NASA Solar Ambassador presentation. And the countywide scavenger hunt continues until 4 p.m. today!
Please feel free to post any questions below and we’ll work to get them answered.