Multiple bear incidents have been reported at Beech Bottom in the Cohutta Wilderness. The bears are stealing backpacks, food containers, trash bags and entering tents. Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest officials are asking backpackers to consider changing trip itineraries.
www.bebearaware.org, such as storing food in bear proof containers and/or hanging it from trees, carrying bear pepper spray, and setting up sleeping tents 100 feet away from food storage and cooking areas.
Jacks River Falls remains closed to overnight camping from April to October.
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