Saturday, April 16, 2011

Section of AT in N.E. Georgia closed due to bear activity

A section of the Appalachian Trail in the Chattahoochee National Forest was closed to camping yesterday due to persistent bear activity and improper food storage by hikers, and will remain closed until further notice.

The closed section is between Neels Gap and Jarrad Gap in northeast Georgia. Other areas impacted by the closure include the Byron Herbert Reece Trail, Dockery Lake Recreation Area, Duncan Ridge Trail, Lake Winfield Scott Campground, Springer Mountain Trailhead, and Woody Gap Trailhead, as well as the Blood Mountain Shelter and the Woods Hole Shelter.

Day hiking is still allowed in this area, however, any camping on side trails should take place at least one-quarter of a mile from the Appalachian Trail.

You can click here for a map of the closed area, or you can call the U.S. Forest Service at (706) 745-6928 if you have any questions.


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