Bear Alerts in Smoky Mtns National Park NC

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GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARKS -- Alert: High Bear Activity in parks at this time.

Warning: Bears are wild animals that are dangerous and unpredictable. Do not approach bears or allow them to approach you!
Willfully approaching within 50 yards (150 feet), or any distance that disturbs or displaces a bear, is illegal in the park. Violation of this federal regulation can result in fines and arrest.Use binoculars, telephoto lens, or a spotting scope to view the animals.


Bear Closures - areas that are closed due to bear activity.

Backcountry Campsites 13, 24, 113
Bear Warnings - areas where bears are active.  .
Grotto Falls Trail
Laurel Falls Trail
Little River Trail
Ramsey Cascades Trail
Mount Le Conte Lodge area
Cosby Knob Shelter
Mount Le Conte Shelter
Russell Field Shelter
Backcountry Campsites 21, 38, 41, 95
Keep up to date with Temporary Closures of Roads and Facilities 
What Do I Do If I See A Bear?
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