SC Firefly Event Lottery Now Open

For years and years and years I have been entering the lottery to see the fireflies at Great Smoky Mountains National Park… and I’ve never had any luck.

The GSMNP lottery will be announced later this month, but when I was searching for it I found that there is a similar event in Congaree National Park in South Carolina! This park is about 3.5 hours from Atlanta… just about 15 minutes longer than GSMNP… so it’s a go!

SC Firefly Event Lottery Now Open

But listen, friend… the lottery opens tomorrow, April 4!

Don’t be confused, though. The event happens May 16-25, 2024.

From the park’s page:

This year’s pass lottery will begin at 10:00 a.m. EDT Thursday, April 4, and will remain open for one week, ending at 10:00 a.m. EDT Wednesday, April 10. Entries must be made through the online lottery page at and are limited to one per household.

Things You Need To Know

  • You’ll be charged $1 for entering the lottery, and if you win then you’ll be charged another $24 for the event.
  • The park opens 145 tickets for each day of the event.
  • If you win, you’ll be notified on April 16
  • If you win, you can bring a single, standard 2-axel vehicle (no RV or bus, etc) with no more than 8 people.
  • On the night you are scheduled to stay, the gate will ONLY be open from 7pm – 8:30pm so arrive on time.

OK – now get ready to enter the lottery… and if you don’t get it then don’t loose heart. I’ll share the Gatlinburg lottery info when it opens later this month!

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SC Firefly Event Lottery Now Open