Published Aug 16, 2014
Aggressive bears in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park (GSMNP) have forced park officials to close two shelters in the backcountry camping areas near the Appalachian Trail.
The GSMNP website lists the two closed sites as backcountry campsite #13, near Gregory Bald, and the Spence Field shelter along the Appalachian Trail. Both spots have been frequented by bears foraging for berries and whatever else they could find to eat.
Aggressive bear warnings have been issued for areas where bears are active in GSMNP.
GSMNP's backcountry is managed as a natural area where the forces of nature determine trail conditions. Hikers should be prepared for swollen streams, bridge washouts, downed trees and trail erosion when hiking in the park's backcountry.
For current backcountry trail and campsite information, please call 865-436-1297.
Please read What Do I Do If I See A Bear? for important safety information about bears.
Tags: Attractions, Tourism, Appalachian Trail, Hiking, Camping Gear, News, Closings, Closures, and Robert Sutherland Travel Writer
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