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Three Good Reasons to Visit Townsend, TN This Weekend!

Posted in Festivals, Wildflowers with tags , , on May 2, 2013 by tremontoutdoorresort

Not that you necessarily need special reasons or occasions to head to Townsend, Tennessee as it is beautiful and peaceful all of the time, but just in case you need a little extra incentive…

1.  This weekend is the Spring Festival and Old Timers Day at the Visitor Center in Townsend.

The 2013 Townsend Spring Festival and Old Timers Day is set for May 3-4.

Join us for our springtime celebration of bluegrass music (concerts and jam sessions), clogging, arts and crafts, BBQ, Appalachian skills demonstrations, storytelling, wildflower walks, and the beauty of the Smokies in the springtime.

2.  They started stocking trout in the Little River this morning!  They stock right from the bridge that leads into Tremont Outdoor Resort!  So grab your waders and your fishing tackle and head on down:)

3.  If you love wildflowers, you are not too late to see some gorgeous blooms in the Park.  I have it on good authority that there are pink and yellow ladyslippers in bloom among other things:)



Synchronous Fireflies at Elkmont June 4th-12th

Posted in Festivals with tags , , , , on May 26, 2011 by tremontoutdoorresort

There are fourteen different species of fireflies (which are beetles) in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, but only one of those has the ability to flash in sync with one another.  This species can be found in abundance at Elkmont, so much so that they block the road and bring people in by trolley during the peak two weeks that the fireflies are mating.  This year, the peak firefly viewing will take place June 4th through the 12th.  This is a sight that you don’t get to see just anywhere!

If you are planning to go see the fireflies, there are a few things you need to know for a successful trip.  Although the trolleys do not start to run from the Sugarlands Visitor Center until 7pm, you probably need to get to the parking lot at least an hour earlier, if not two.  This has become a popular attraction and only so many people can go on a given night.  Once the parking lot is full, they close it off.  Also, they do not allow coolers or pets.  Remember that you are traveling on a trolley, so you can’t haul a lot of gear with you.  Listed below are some more recommendations from the Pigeon Forge site:

Light Show Etiquette

Flashlights disrupt the fireflies and impair people’s night vision. The light show is best when you:

1. Cover your flashlight with red or blue cellophane.

2. Use your flashlight only when walking to your viewing spot.

3. Point your flashlight at the ground.

4. Turn off your flashlight when you find your viewing spot.

Parking and Trolley Information

Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials have announced that the Elkmont entrance road will be closed to motor vehicles and pedestrian use every night starting at 5:00 p.m. until midnight, June 4th-12th except to registered campers staying at the Elkmont Campground. The closure is to accommodate transportation service for visitors planning to spend the evening viewing the natural-occurring, synchronous firefly beetles at Elkmont.

The City of Gatlinburg, in partnership with the Park, will provide the trolleys for this activity. The trolley service, coinciding with the expected peak flashing period, will be the sole transportation mode for visitor access during this period; no private vehicles will be allowed to enter Elkmont. This year also new restrictions will be in place to prohibit motor vehicles from parking along roadsides, pullouts, or any other areas besides at the Sugarlands Visitor Center parking area for the purposes of viewing fireflies at Elkmont. Only those visitors parking at the visitor center will be allowed to ride the trolleys.

The trolleys will begin picking up visitors from the Sugarlands Visitor Center RV/bus parking area at 7:00 p.m. The trolleys will continually run until the Sugarlands Visitor Center parking area is full or until 9:00 p.m., whichever comes first. The last trolley to return visitors from Elkmont to the Sugarlands Visitor Center is scheduled at 11 p.m. The cost will be $1 round trip per person as in previous years. 

Recommendations and Rules
For those riding the trolleys, it is recommended that visitors bring flashlights with red cellophane covers to reduce white light. Visitors can bring lawn chairs, and carry food and water in backpacks which can fit on their laps in the trolleys; there are no services available at the site. In order to help prevent any disruption to the firefly show, or destruction to the National Park, visitors are prohibited from bringing coolers, alcoholic beverages, or their pets.

Synchronous Fireflies in Elkmont June 5-13th!

Posted in Festivals, Uncategorized with tags , , , , on May 25, 2010 by tremontoutdoorresort

What are synchronous fireflies and why in the world would you want to make a trip to see them?  They are a rare breed of firefly that flash in unison as part of their mating ritual.  This particular species can only be found in two places in the world, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Southeast Asia.  The fireflies, a type of beetle, also known as “lightning bugs”, will only live as adults for about 21 days, so their mating season is short.  Typically, around the second week of June is when this phenomonen starts to occur.  It is truly a sight to behold.

Relatively unknown until around 1994, these little fireflies have become quite an attraction.  The viewing area is located in Elkmont near the campground.  However, if you are not camping at Elkmont, you will need to park at the Sugarlands Visitor Center and ride the trolley to and from the viewing area.  Between 5pm and midnight June 5th-13th, no cars or pedestrian traffic will be allowed in the Elkmont area unless you are camping there.  The trolley ride is $1 with trolleys beginning to run at 7pm and the last one returning at 11pm.  Trolleys will run to the viewing area until the parking area is full or 9pm, whichever comes first.  Typically, the fireflies really start to become visible around 9:30pm.

For more information on this year’s Firefly Festival and recommendations on what to bring with you, click here.  We hope to see you there!