A Firefly Symphony in the Smoky Mountains


The firefly phenomenon that can only be seen in two places of the world is set to be on natural display in the Smoky Mountains near Pigeon Forge. During the evenings of June 5th-13th visitors to the Smoky Mountains will be able to catch a sight of this breathtaking display.

These Smoky Mountain fireflies are special and convenient to Pigeon Forge. When one firefly lights up the next tries to light up as quickly as possible creating a symphony of blinking lights. It seems as though they’re involved in their own little dance waltzing around the Smoky Mountains.

The fireflies usually start dancing around 9:30 pm. The display can be seen by taking the Smoky Mountain Elkmont trail, however entrance to the trailhead is limited after 5pm. The only way to catch the display is to be a registered camper at Elkmont or to take the trolley up to the trailhead. No other vehicles will be allowed access. The Gatlinburg trolley is offering a $1 ride round trip during the dates of June 5th-June13th for this activity. The trolley will give it’s last ride every night at 11pm.

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visitors may want to consider the comfort of the trail. It’s a good idea to bring a blanket, chairs, and a couple of flashlights (covered with red celephone.) Pets and alcohol are not allowed. Visitors can also take pictures although flash cameras should not be used.

Volunteers and park rangers will be available to answer questions and give guidance.

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