Who doesn’t love fireflies? Young and old alike love to see them flash in the night and the best place in the United States to see fireflies is in the Great Smoky Mountains. Even though the official synchronous firefly event in the Great Smoky Mountains national park does not take place unit next week, the lightning bugs are already putting on an exceptional show already that you won’t want to miss!
Just a few minutes before dusk you will start to see some of the synchronous fireflies start to flash. As it gets even darker the number of fireflies increase at which point they appear to synchronize as well.
Best synchronous firefly shows seem to be on an evening after a light rain in the afternoon and when it is not raining right before or at dusk.
The firefly show will be in places tonight such as in Elkmont, Tremont, Metcalf Bottoms and the Cherokee Orchard / Roaring Fork outside of Gatlinburg Tennessee. There are slightly less active fireflies in Cades Cove right now but that should pick up throughout the week.
Before you get any ideas, both the Elkmont and the Cades Cove campgrounds are booked solid.
Wherever you go to enjoy the fireflies in the Smokies, think safety first. Keep out of roadways, beware of areas with step drop offs, and keep kids under control at all times.
Since turning on any light source such as flashlights, or using a cell phone creates enough light to stop the light show and reduce your night vision be extra careful not to trip over roots and rocks that may be hard to see in the dark. Lights also annoy the heck out of others as well.
This is a fairly buggy year and since you will be fairly close to water where there are always more insects, bring along some bug spray.
The safest way to see the fireflies is during the official GSMNP firefly program, but with such a limited number of tickets, many won’t have the opportunity to enjoy it this way and in order to see our special Smokies firefly, may need to be more adventurous.
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