Great Smoky Mountains National Park has announced June 1-8 as the dates for its annual synchronous firefly viewing opportunity.
The Photinus carolinus is a unique firefly species that flashes synchronously. They draw thousands of visitors to the park each year. The park authorties canceled the firefly viewing event last year due to COVID-19, and this year vehicle passes will be limited to 100 per night for the eight nights of predicted peak firefly activity, according to the park. Attendance is limited in order to reduce traffic congestion and minimize the disturbance to these unique fireflies during their mating period.
A lottery for vehicle passes is online at www.recreation.gov. The lottery opens on Friday morning and closes on Monday. Results will be available by May 7.
In the Great Smoky Mountains are more than 1,500 kinds of wildflowers, making it the most diverse national park in the country. Another famous spot is Clingmans Dome, the highest point in the park.