Bears close camping along Appalachian Trail

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Post by Guests » Mon Apr 18, 2011 2:26 am

BLAIRSVILLE, Ga. -- Authorities say bear activity has led them to close a section of the Appalachian Trail in northeast Georgia to camping until further notice.

The section is between Neels Gap and Jarrard Gap south of Blairsville.

U.S. Forest Service authorities say persistent bear activity - and improper food storage by hikers - contributed to the decision.

Authorities said day hiking is still allowed.

The 2,175-mile long Appalachian trail runs from Springer Mountain in Georgia to Mount Katahdin in Maine, and goes through 14 states.

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Post by TreeFrog » Mon Apr 18, 2011 11:30 pm

So that begs the question ... if you were thru-hking this year, would you skip this section or sneak through it?

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Post by BirdShooter » Fri Apr 22, 2011 6:23 am

I bet most would sneak through it, but the Forest Service only closed the A.T. in this area for overnight camping. Day hikers were still permitted to continue to hike the A.T. in this section - which would of course include all thru hikers.

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