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Bear Safety

The Black Bears of Gatlinburg

Black Bears

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 National Park.   We suggest following these same rules at all times, even outside of the park.

Feeding a bear can result in a $5,000 fine and up to 6 months in Jail.   

Bear activity is most common from the early evening, dusk and into the night.  Please use caution and common sense if you see or encounter a bear as there have been several sightings close to cabins – even during the day.  Should you see a bear:

TRASH:  Given the food source problems, the bears will attempt to get into trash left in trash cans or within the plastic trash bins.  Please keep all trash inside the cabin unless you have a bear proof steel container installed outside your cabin.  Please call 866-550-1795 ext 6 and request a trash pickup if needed.