Elkmont Fireflies

THEY ARE BACK!  And everyone loves them!

One of the most spectacular shows in the Smokies is underway, and you will have to act fast if you want to see it.

Every year, thousands of people come from all over to see the synchronous fireflies at Elkmont in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It's one of only a few places in the world where the "lightening bugs" light up in unison, and they only do it for a couple of weeks.

The peak time for this year is expected to be NOW through Thursday, June 13.

Because of the demand, the park service restricts access to the area, except for registered campers at Elkmont and those that make reservations to be be bussed into the viewing area.

All of the advance registrations are sold out, but every morning at 10 am, a few become available for that night on www.recreation.gov.  But, park officials say they go very quickly.  Thursday night reservations are already taken.

It costs $1.50 to make a reservation per vehicle to park at the Sugarlands Visitor Center, and $1 per person to ride the shuttle bus. More details are available on the website.