One of the most anticipated events that takes place in the Great Smoky Mountains national park is when the Synchronous Fireflies also known as lightning bugs, emerge from underground and converge in huge numbers appearing to synchronize their flashes with one another for mating purposes.
This event has become so popular that the National park service had to arrange to have shuttle buses (actually trolleys) for parking and safety reasons bring visitors to where they can be seen best and crowds would be the safest - Elkmont Tennessee.
This year the 2015 firefly event will take place from June 2nd 2015 to June 9th and the firefly event tickets will start going on sale April 30th 2015 for $1 per person and parking passes will be $1.50 per vehicle.
For more information about the fireflies in the Smokies, reservations and how to obtain a permit in order to film the firefly event, visit this Fireflies in the Smokies page.
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