Several campsites along the Appalachian Trail are now closed to campers until further notice due to “multiple reports of aggressive bear activity”.

The U.S. Forest Service says reports of bears entering campsites and taking food between the Double Springs Shelter and the intersection with Backbone Rock Side Trial prompted the precautionary decision. reminds us that bears will sniff out any type of food. If they’re found a food source in the past they will most definitely return. Bears are so smart they have even learned which day is trash day for a particular area!

Whether you’re headed out for a hike, camping trip, or even wondering about what time of day to put out your garbage, you can see the top 7 Tips for a safe bear season from

  • Never approach or feed the bears
  • Secure food, garbage, and recycling
  • Remove bird feeders when bears are active
  • Never leave pet food outdoors
  • Clean and store grills
  • Alert neighbors to bear activity


BearWise shares these tips on what to do if you see a black bear.

“Black bears are seldom aggressive and attacks are rare.

If you see a bear before it notices you: stand still, don’t approach, and enjoy the moment; then move away quietly in the opposite direction.

If you encounter a bear that’s aware of you: don’t run; running may trigger a chase response. Back away slowly.

Visit Bear Encounters to learn what to do if a black bear approaches, charges, or follows you.”

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