Appalachian Trail Conservancy Funds Bear Cables in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Published Feb 3, 2012

AppalachianTrail.com is grateful to National Parks Traveler for this story.

"In many Western national parks, "bear boxes" are used to keep bears from feasting on camper and backpacker food.

In Shenandoah National Park, upright poles not too far removed from 1960s-era clothes lines are used by hikers to hang their food out of reach from bears.

And in Great Smoky Mountains National Park cables strung between trees make it possible for backpackers to elevate their meals.

Now, thanks to a $2,000 grant from the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, the Friends of the Smokies will be able to install more cables to help backpackers keep their tasty meals out of reach.

"With more than 70 miles of the Appalachian Trail running along the high ridges of Great Smoky Mountains National Park, it's only natural for our groups to work together," said Holly Demuth, North Carolina director of Friends of the Smokies."

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