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Stories from the Smokies

If you want to see the Smokies’ annual synchronous firefly show June 1–8, you’ll have to win the lottery!

Since 2006, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park has limited access to the Tremont campground during the eight days of peak viewing in order to reduce traffic congestion and provide a safe viewing experience for visitors that minimizes disturbance to these unique fireflies during the peak mating period. This year, the park will allow access to 800 vehicles, 100 per night, 7 occupants max, all randomly chosen by lottery.

The public may apply for vehicle passes at recreation.gov. The lottery website will be open for applications beginning Friday, April 30 at 10:00 a.m. through Monday, May 3 at 11:59 p.m.

All applicants will be charged a $1.00 application fee. Successful applicants will automatically be awarded parking passes and a $24.00 reservation fee will be charged to the same credit or debit card used for the application fee.

You’ll find much more information in this National Park Service news release.