The Fleeting Natural Wonder In North Carolina That Needs To Be Seen To Be Believed

A dazzling light show is about to descend on North Carolina, and you won’t want to miss out.

Each year in late May and early June, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park plays host to a spectacular phenomenon: thousands of synchronously flashing fireflies.

The fireflies are called “synchronous” because they all flash at the same time, producing an effect that has to be seen to be believed.

Want to get a front row seat to this amazing natural event? All you have to do is enter the lottery to win access to the park during the eight-day firefly spectacle. The lottery is free to enter and was implemented as a way of keeping traffic congestion in the park to a minimum. There are 1,800 vehicle passes up for grabs, so you have a decent shot at snagging one.

Once you have your pass, a shuttle will take you from the Sugarlands Visitor Center to the firefly campground. There, you’ll witness clouds of the glowing bugs flashing in a mesmerizing pattern for hours on end. The display looks absolutely magical and is truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

The lottery will open on April 28. If you are selected for a pass, there is a $2.75 reservation fee after being notified of your win. Enter to reserve your spot!

Take a look at the video below to get a glimpse of the show: