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|Experience a wonder of nature that only occurs in two places on earth. For a short period of time each year in early to mid-June, the fireflies who reside in the Gatlinburg area of The Great Smoky Mountains National Park all come together for a spectacular synchronized light show.
Synchronous fireflies are one of at least 19 species of fireflies that live in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. They are the only species in America whose individuals can synchronize their flashing light patterns that presents an amazing wave of blinking lights: a natural phenomenon.
The Elkmont area of the park has a high population of these fireflies and has become a very popular viewing area. During the shuttle operating period, the Elkmont area will be closed at night to all but campers. Visitors must park at the Sugarlands Visitor Center and ride a trolley to the Elkmont viewing area. The number of parking spaces at Sugarlands is limited as is the capacity of the shuttle system.
Those who want to see the fireflies at Elkmont must obtain a parking pass to park their car at the Sugarlands Visitor Center. Access to the shuttle system will be granted only to occupants of those cars which have a parking pass.
This natural light show of synchronous fireflies of the Smokies in Gatlinburg usually begins around dusk and is predicted to ignite from June 4th to June 11th, 2014.