Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Several new bear warnings posted in Smokies

Based on this morning's update, there are now bear warnings at 9 backcountry campsites, 8 shelters and 5 trails in the Great Smoky Mountains. Additionally, there are still 4 backcountry campsites and 1 shelter that remain closed as a result of aggressive bear activity.

Here's the full list of warnings and closings from the GSMNP website:

Bear Warnings

• Backcountry Campsites 6, 21, 24, 29, 34, 35, 36, 37, 40
• Cosby Knob Shelter
• Double Spring Gap Shelter
• Icewater Spring Shelter
• Mollies Ridge Shelter
• Mt Collins Shelter
• Mt Le Conte Shelter
• Pecks Corner Shelter
• Tricorner Knob Shelter
• Abrams Falls Trail
• Crooked Arm Ridge Trail (lower portion)
• Laurel Falls Trail
• Little River Trail
• Trillium Gap Trail (Grotto Falls area)

Campsites Closed

• Backcountry Campsites 10, 15, 28, and 93
• Russell Field Shelter

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Christopher McIntosh Photography said...

the bears are off the chain this year.

Kevin said...

Hey, are there any good camping spots around Grotto falls or on the way up there? How close is the nearest camping site from the parking lot? We will be getting in their late Friday night and I am trying to make sure we can still get into the park that late and be able to setup camp. Can you email me with answers or Facebook me?