If you have not yet experienced the beauty that is the synchronous fireflies at Elkmont in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, then this should definitely be the year to do so. (See Related: Top 5 Scenic Smoky Mountain Views) Every year in early summer, thousands of fireflies gather in one area in the national park and create one of the most stunning natural light shows. Only one of two places in the world where an event like this occurs, visitors to the Smoky Mountain fireflies will be in awe as they observe the fireflies illuminate the scene with what could be interpreted as a switch.
Dates & Time This year’s Gatlinburg firefly event will take place June 4-11. Parking passes will be on sale beginning at 10 a.m. the day before each scheduled viewing day. Be sure to purchase your pass as soon as possible as they are known to sell out quickly. There will be 36 large vehicle parking passes available each day of viewing. The time of your tour will depend on the time printed on your parking pass. Officials with the Great Smoky Mountains National Park request that families and visitors arrive within 30 minutes of the time printed on their pass.
Ride the Trolley Earlier this month, Gatlinburg city officials announced that they were happy to continue providing transportation to Smoky Mountain firefly viewers. Families and guests who choose to visit the synchronous fireflies at Elkmont will enjoy the ability to travel from the designated parking location at the Sugarlands Visitor Center to the viewing area via the Gatlinburg Trolley. The trolley will operate each night of the viewing, and routes will run from 7 p.m. to 12 a.m. nightly. Round trip tickets on the trolley are only $1 per passenger, and are payable upon pick up at the visitor center. Please have exact change for all members of your party.
What Do We Need to Bring? Visitors to the Smoky Mountain fireflies may want to bring a blanket or a chair to sit on during their tour as these will not be provided. Also, families are encouraged to bring light snacks and something to drink as no concession area is available in the national park. We do ask that families and visitors be sure to properly dispose of any trash they may take into the park. We want to keep our national park as beautiful as possible.
Stay With Us After an exciting evening of viewing the synchronous fireflies at Elkmont, the last thing guests to the area will want is to travel a long ways back to their vacation rental. Cut out a long drive, and decide to treat yourself to a relaxing Smoky Mountain vacation by staying inside one of our spacious Gatlinburg condo rentals. Just a short drive from the Sugarlands Visitor Center, our condos offer families and visitors unbeatable scenic Smoky Mountain views, a relaxing private balcony, fully-equipped kitchen, and plush comfortable furniture. In addition, guests staying in either our two bedroom or three bedroom Gatlinburg condos will also enjoy full access to all of our luxurious resort amenities including our heated pool and hot tub, as well as our exercise facility. To learn more about planning a memorable stay at Highlands Condos, be sure to give us a call at (877) 382-3423.