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Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Elkmont Synchronous Fireflies: Wolf Laurel Things To Do in The Great Smokies

06/12/07

This must be a truly amazing experience. If one has the time to do so, I have heard Wolf Laurel Country Club members describe it as "the greatest thing I have ever seen."

Synchronous fireflies have only recently been "discovered" in the Elkmont section of The Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Dr. J Copeland of GA State Univ. had been as far as SE Asia to study the phenomenon, only to find that a local Knoxville man had been "watching the show" for over 40 years. Yes, local residents had known for decades, but the existence of these creatures had somehow escaped science.

Peak viewing is two weeks in mid June each year, and more than 8,000 visitors/year now view the fireflies. Information about transportation and "firefly etiquette" can be found in the links below.

Official National Park Service page on The Fireflies: Includes info about the trolley service and proper behavior in this natural setting.

Channel 10 Knoxville: Trolley Info

Channel 10 Knoxville: Firefly Update

ChattoogaRiver.Org: More firefly info.

Reporting by "Appalachian Voices"

A University of Connecticut Neurobiologist's Page.

Elkmont, TN on Google Maps


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