This Firefly Phenomenon In North Carolina Will Enchant You In The Best Way Possible

For two amazing weeks of every year, parts of the Smoky Mountains turn into a magical, flickering phenomenon as the Photinus Carolinus, a.k.a. the Synchronous Firefly, have a little meet and greet with one another at their annual mating ritual.

Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest is located at 5410 Joyce Kilmer Rd., Robbinsville, NC 28771. Get more information about the Synchronous Firefly dates for 2018 at this link from the National Park Service. More information about Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest can be found in this article.

The lottery for tickets to see the fireflies at the Elkmont viewing area in Tennessee opens tomorrow, April 27. Get more information about entering at this NPS link. At this point in time, there is no lottery for viewing them at Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest.

Please note the following firefly lightshow viewing etiquette, as published by the National Park Service:

Flashlights disrupt the fireflies and impair people’s night vision. The light show is best when you:
• Cover your flashlight with red or blue cellophane.
• Use your flashlight only when walking to your viewing spot.
• Point your flashlight at the ground.
• Turn off your flashlight when you find your viewing spot.
• Do not catch the fireflies, help protect the fireflies and their habitat.