One of the Smoky Mountains’ most popular summertime attractions is coming to Gatlinburg this June: the synchronization of the fireflies. This rare activity happens in only a few places around the world, and it just so happens that the Great Smoky Mountains–particularly the Elkmont area–is one such place.
Synchronous fireflies, or “Photinus carolinus,” are a small subset of many species of firefly in the national park. Their unique synchronized flashing set them apart from their relatives, the result of a stylized mating ritual; though scientists have yet to pinpoint the exact reason for their flashing, watching the light show is an incredible experience, becoming a popular draw during the summer months.
The mating season last only two weeks, and during that time the fireflies increase in number until their “peak” day, slowly declining in number shortly thereafter.
Shuttles will be available to take visitors from the Sugarlands Visitor Center to Elkmont June 4-11. Reserve your spot today, and witness one of the most unique attractions in the Smokies! Click here for reservations.