Don’t Miss the Elkmont Synchronous Fireflies!
Seeing fireflies light up a night’s sky often takes us back to our childhood. Catching “lightning bugs” on a warm summer night was something we looked forward to. While we may not have done this or even seen them in years, the Elkmont fireflies can bring us right back to that nostalgic feeling.
Every summer, thousands visit the Great Smoky Mountains to see the synchronous fireflies light up the mountain sky. This area of the National Park holds the largest population of synchronous fireflies in the Western Hemisphere. Said to resemble falling stars, thousands and thousands of fireflies will flash all in sync for a stunning light show. They typically appear each year between late May and mid-June and this year, the official dates are May 30th-June 6th.
Parking passes for Sugarlands Visitor Center need to be purchased in advance and sell out fast. After parking, you ride a trolley to the Elkmont campground area. If you can’t make it to this area, the fireflies can also be found at Cades Cove or Catalooche Valley.
Elkmont is not far from the busy downtown areas of Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge. These popular tourist spots attract millions each year from around the world with great food, fun attractions, theme parks, and unique arts & crafts. Luxury accommodations are available at Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge vacation rentals nearby to enjoy Smoky Mountain events and breathtaking scenery.
Tuesday, May 16, 2017