Synchronous Elkmont Fireflies Event in the Smoky Mountains – My Bear Foot Cabins

Synchronous Elkmont Fireflies Event in the Smoky Mountains


Fireflies, or lightning bugs, can be found in many parts of the United States, but the Great Smoky Mountains is where thousands of visitors year after year flock to see the Elkmont fireflies.  Every year, in late May and early June, the Elkmont fireflies (sometimes also referenced to as Sugarlands Visitor Center fireflies) in the Smoky Mountains National Park light up the sky. These fireflies are special because they synchronize–all lighting up at once!

Synchronous Fireflies

What to Take to See the Elkmont Fireflies in the Smoky Mountains

You can expect the event to last between 3-4 hours (from the time you park to the time you arrive back to your car). We definitely recommend you plan your evening so you eat a good dinner before heading to the national park.
The National Park Service recommends visitors:
  • Pack a foldable chair or blanket for the viewing area
  • Cover your flashlight with red or blue cellophane to prevent interrupting the fireflies
  • Stay on the trail at all times and don’t catch the fireflies
  • Pack up your garbage, and don’t leave it in the national park
If you need other details about the Elkmont fireflies event in the Smoky Mountains, you can visit the National Park Service website by clicking here.







Let   My Bearfoot Cabins  host you during your Elkmont Firefly Experience.  We have three luxury, genuine log cabins to enjoy during your Smoky Mountain vacation.  Contact us today.  Peak Seasons and Holidays book quickly, so don’t delay.

Don and Pat Kirchhoefer, Owners