Camping still prohibited along the Appalachian Trail in the Pisgah National Forest due to bear activity
Due to continued bear activity, camping is still prohibited along the Appalachian Trail in the Pisgah National Forest from Grassy Fork Road , mile marker 245, to Max Patch Road, mile marker 253.
Hikers should use bear canisters to store food and all other scented items. Bears are taking down bear bags hanging from trees and riffling through camping supplies and gear.
Bears have also been reported in other parts of the national forests including on the Grandfather Ranger District of the Pisgah National Forest near Old NC 105 and in the Joyce Kilmer-Slickrock Wilderness on the Nantahala National Forest.
Visitors are encouraged to prevent bear interactions by being BearWise and practicing these safety tips no matter where they are in the forest:
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