They’ve been keeping a tight lid on this, I tell you!
One more awesome reason to visit The Great Smoky Mountain~Synchronous Fireflies! We live a hop and skip from the Smoky Mountais (well a 2 hour hop and a skip, but you know what I mean) and visit Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and/or the Smoky Mountain at least once, twice or more times a year and have never heard about this phenomenon until I happened across it when I was researching another thing on my Bucket List: The Sisters On The Fly!
Synchronous Fireflies can only be seen in two parts of the world The Great Smoky Mountains and somewhere in Asia. ( I am shooting for the Smoky Mountains, how ’bout you). These fireflies synchronize their flashing as a part of their mating ritual. This spectacular event takes place during two weeks in June each year. The fireflies are found in the area of Elkmont Campground, due to the increase in traffic to the area the campground area Park Rangers are assisting to manage traffic and now trolley service between Sugarlands Visitor Center and Elkmont operates during the first part of June each year. Advance reservations are required for the trolley. The reservation system begins accepting reservations for the year in April. Source. You also need to reserve your camping spot at Elmont pretty early if you want to get a good spot during this event.
From what I have read due to the early warmth we have had this Spring the fireflies mating season began early this year, so there just may be a lot of disappointed people trying to check off their bucket list….but there is always next year!
I missed it this year but I will get there one day and check this off my Bucket List!
What’s on your bucket list? Let us know we may want to add it to ours!