Nantahala National Forest, North Carolina
The vast wilderness of this forest covering the mountains and valleys of southwestern North Carolina falls within the path of totality. And if you want to be somewhere in the middle of nature to experience how the birds and animals react to the sudden eclipse, nearly anyplace in Nantahala is a good bet.
Watch: Anywhere out of the tree cover with a clear view to the sky.
Stay: While all of the official campgrounds are reserved already, there's plenty of primitive camping (aka "dispersed camping") in the park available on a first come first served basis along Snowbird and Santeetlah Lake and along the Tellico River.