Synchronous Fire Flies in the Great Smoky Mountains June 2015

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Once a year in early summer, a most unusual light show descends upon the Smoky Mountains. With the silhouetted forest as a backdrop, thousands of fireflies flash and dazzle in sync with each other. The visual of this synchronized bioluminescence is at once enthralling and awe-inspiring. Even the black of night is exaggerated as the fireflies all go dark at the same time.

According to some, the only other place in the world where the synchronous fire fly can be observed is in Malaysia. No doubt the ticket to travel there is a lot more than the $1 for trolley service to the Elkmont area for viewing. If you missed this year’s light show, our heart goes out to you. Fortunately, the little light performers will return again next year around the second week of June.

Synchronous Fireflies in the Smoky Mountains - See the Fire Flies in June 2015

Photo by Mary Miller –

The annual phenomenon of the synchronous fireflies is worthy of planning ahead to pack up the family and head to Carr’s Cottages in June 2015.  It’s a possible once in a lifetime opportunity and a perfect time of year to explore the great outdoors.  The family can go on a scavenger hike or picnic at the Chimneys, experience wild whitewater rafting, and the kids can take part in several Jr. Ranger related activities.  Even if you prefer to stay on property, your family can wade in the creek, play horseshoes, or jump in the crystal clean swimming pool.  Life is Good at Carr’s!

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Paul Fleischman and his “Fireflies: A Poem for Two Voices,” will gear you up for the show.  The poem is written to be performed aloud and will have you ‘beaming’ with pride at your achievement!  Click here to download the poem with instructions for using two or more combined voices.  If you have as much fun with this poem as we think you will, maybe you should purchase the book for entertaining fun during your travels to Gatlinburg.

When planning your trip, remember these items to enhance your firefly viewing experience:

  • Folding Chair
  • Rain Poncho
  • Flashlight with Red or Blue Cellophane Cover
  • Bottled Water
  • Camera (No Flash)

Visit the National Park Service web site for in-depth information about the synchronous fireflies in the Great Smoky Mountains.

If you were here for this year’s synchronous firefly event, please share your experience and photos with us on Facebook!

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