FIrefly Show In Smokies is Past Its Peak Already


Officials say due to the unseasonably warm spring, the synchronized fireflies at Great Smoky Mountains National Park are flashing earlier than ever recorded.

The shuttle service to the event site at Elkmont is still scheduled to take place from June 2-10, only for those with tickets.

Park biologists predict there may still be some activity during the weekend of June 2, but the display will be past peak. It may taper off significantly before the following weekend.

People with reservations are being told the display may not be as good as in previous years.

This early showing has prompted the park to close the Elkmont entrance road to motor vehicles and pedestrian use each evening from Wednesday, May30-Sunday, June 10.

Only registered campers staying at Elkmont Campground will be allowed to access the road.

The park had set aside 25 parking passes to make available the day before the event though These passes may be withdrawn depending on the fireflies' activity. You can find the current status online.