The Synchronous Fireflies of Elkmont

Last night several of us from the CSC went to Elkmont to see the Synchronous Fireflies. The group was Adam B, Adam F, Joey and his agape kid Justin, Dan, Sarah M, Chris (a new older guy that you may not know), Wilson and of course me. I wanted to make sure that I got to see it again this year since I didn’t get to last year. Its a really cool thing to see if you’ve never seen it before. The fireflies will flash very near to the same time. In the past, parking was always an issue. Parking has become even more of an issue since this event has gained popularity. I wanted to avoid taking two or three cars, so I asked and secured permission to take one of the Laurel vans. My plan was to meet right after class and leave. I wanted to stress that its not exactly just down the road and it will take some time to get there. I wanted to arrive back at the church building by midnight. We left about 30 minutes later than I had planned on.

Once we got there, the park service started directing traffic where to park. I think we were like the next to last vehicle in BFE land. It seemed as we were hiking up Little River Road, they had started to let cars park closer since several cars had started to leave. Oh well… Thankfully we were all relatively young. Walking a couple of miles to the Jakes Creek Trailhead isn’t too much for us to handle. On Thursday-Sunday they run a trolley so that you can park at Sugarlands visitor center and ride it to Elkmont. That would have been the preferred thing to do, but they don’t do it on Wednesday.

For those of y’all wanting to go see it, you have only this weekend left. Afterwards, they start dying off. Also the best place to view them is to head up the road that leads to the Jakes Creek trailhead. If you take the Little River Trail, you’ll run into a lot of people. Both are good places to view, but the road up to Jakes Creek has a lot fewer people. I think we only ran into like 4 or 5 groups total that went up that way. I’m wandering what it looks like on the Cucumber Gap trail?

Anyways, so we saw it and headed back. It was cool. We arrived right on time. Actually we arrived at the church building at 12:30, so if you take into account that we left 30 minutes later than I had wanted to, thats not too bad at all.