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Wednesday, 07 May 2014 15:20

Smokies home to rare synchronized lightning bugs

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Spots are going fast to view the unique synchronous firefly display in the Elkmont area of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park June 4-11. Every year, thousands of visitors gather to watch the synchronized flashing of Photinus carolinus, a firefly species that puts on a natural light show. Parking passes are required to attend. 

Reservations cost $1.50 each and cover a maximum of six people per vehicle. Shuttle buses will transport people from the designated parking area to the viewing area beginning at 7 p.m., for an additional $1 per person. A small number of passes will be held until the day before the event. 

www.recreation.gov or 877.444.6777. 

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    That was the question I posed to myself when I found out my girlfriend was visiting from Upstate New York. She is someone who has never been to Western North Carolina, never been to Southern Appalachia, let alone anywhere in the South for that matter. 

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