Lottery for synchronous fireflies viewing in the Smokies now open


GATLINBURG, Tenn. (WATE) – – The lottery for the opportunity to see synchronized fireflies in Great Smoky Mountains National Park is now open.

The annual spectacle attracts thousands for a chance to see the synchronous fireflies during a two week period. 

Shuttle service to the viewing area will be provided on Thursday, May 30, through Thursday, June 6. Anyone wanting to take part needs a parking pass that is distributed through the lottery system.

The lottery will be open for applications from Friday, April 26, at 8 a.m. until Monday, April 29, at 8 p.m. Results will be announced on May 10.

Synchronous fireflies: Great Smoky Mountains National Park announces dates for viewing

A total of 1,800 vehicle passes will be handed out. The fee to enter the lottery is $1 and successful applicants will automatically be charged a $24 reservation fee, which covers the cost of awarding the passes, event supplies, one red-light flashlight per pass, and nightly personnel costs.

Click here to enter the lottery or learn more.

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