Sunday, May 31, 2009

Synchronous Fireflies in Smokies next week

Just a reminder, the synchronous fireflies of Elkmont in the Great Smoky Mountains will be at their peak next week. In fact, if you plan on veiwing the lightning bugs, you should be aware that the park closes the road to Elkmont (except to registered campers staying at the Elkmont campground). The only way to access the area is by using the trolley service provided by the park from the Sugarlands Visitor Center beginning this Saturday through the following Sunday night (June 6-14).

Additional details from Park Officials:

The Elkmont entrance road will be closed to motor vehicles and pedestrian use every night from 5:00 p.m. until midnight, June 6-14, except to registered campers staying at the Elkmont Campground.

The trolleys will begin picking up visitors from the Sugarlands Visitor Center RV/bus parking area at 6 p.m. The trolleys will run continually until the Sugarlands Visitor Center parking area is full, or until 9 p.m., whichever comes first. The last trolley to return visitors from Elkmont to the Sugarlands Visitor Center is scheduled at 11 p.m. The cost will be $1 round trip per person as in previous years.

For more information about the synchronous fireflies, including a video, please click here.

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