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Synchronous Fireflies at Congaree

Thursday, May 27, 2021 @ 8:00 pm - Saturday, May 29, 2021 @ 12:00 am


Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, firefly viewing at Congaree National Park will be modified for the 2021 event.

Congaree National Park will be offering the public opportunities to view the park’s fireflies on May 20-22 and May 27-29, 2021. In order to protect the health of visitors, staff, volunteers and community partners, viewing will be limited to 25 vehicles per night. Tickets, which will be available through a lottery system hosted at www.recreation.gov/ticket/facility/300008, will be required to enter the park in the evenings on those dates.

The lottery will open at 11:00 a.m. EDT on Thursday, April 15 and will remain open until 11:59 p.m. EDT on Monday, April 19. The results will be announced on Friday, April 23. A non-refundable service fee of $1 will be charged by Recreation.gov to enter the lottery. Participants who are selected through the lottery will be required to pay a non-refundable $19 event fee to secure tickets ($20 total). Tickets will only be issued for passenger vehicles up to two axles that can fit in standard parking spaces (i.e. no motor homes, vehicles with trailers, buses or mini-buses).

To further protect critical firefly habitat, the park entrance road will be closed to all visitors at 4:00 p.m. nightly beginning on Tuesday, May 11 through Sunday, May 30. On those dates, visitors will not have access to the Harry Hampton Visitor Center, frontcountry trails or the Boardwalk. However, the following areas of the park will remain open to the public on those evenings: Cedar Creek Canoe Trail, including South Cedar Creek and Bannister Bridge Canoe Landings, Bates Ferry Trail, Fork Swamp Trail and all of the park’s backcountry.

Only visitors with reservations for campsites at Longleaf and Bluff Campgrounds will be permitted entry in the frontcountry during this period. Backcountry campers will be required to access the backcountry through another access point (mentioned in previous paragraph).

The health and safety of our visitors, employees, volunteers, and partners is our number one priority. Visitors are required to wear face masks in federal buildings including visitor centers, historic structures, and museums. When outdoors, face masks are required on NPS-managed lands when physical distance cannot be maintained.