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Best place to see bears?

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Huntington, WV
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Best place to see bears?

As you all probably know by now(maybe because I can't shut up about it), we're going back to the PF/G'burg area the 3rd week in Sept. We have one friend going with us who has never seen a bear while in the area. We'd love to make sure she sees one this trip. So, other than those poor bears in the back of that one store, where else have you seen bears while there in Sept.?

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1. Re: Best place to see bears?

Cades Cove area early in the morning.

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2. Re: Best place to see bears?

ditto what PeachBelle said!

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3. Re: Best place to see bears?

We see them almost every time we have a picnic lunch at Chimney Tops. And they must be there a lot, because there is always a ranger or volunteer there to control the two legged animals with cameras.

cincinnati, ohio
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4. Re: Best place to see bears?

Cades Cove - morning or evening, particularly around the campground area, otherwise it's just a matter of dumb luck but we've actually seen more bear on the back side of CC than before the visitors center.

Likewise, around 441 occasionally, however, if a bear does walk out along the road you'll probably never get close enough behind the traffic jam before the bear leaves.

Bears are few and far between with the amount of human traffic anymore having moved deeper into the more remote areas as is their nature, therefore you want to frequent the more remote areas at the east and west ends of the park for your best chance.

Stop at Sugarlands and check for Bear Alerts which will tell you where they have been seen and have been most active recently. These alerts are warnings to campers and hikers about their activities so extra caution is indicated in those areas if you do go exploring. Remember, a black bear can run faster than you, climb a tree better than you, and has longer fingernails than your ex-girlfriend after her weekly visit to Nails Galore!!!!!!!!!!

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5. Re: Best place to see bears?

We have seen bears in Cades Cove, but probably the place we have seen the most is right before you get on Roaring Fork, just outside of Gatlinburg. I think the most important thing is the time of day, either early in the morning or early evening, before dark.

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6. Re: Best place to see bears?

The last 2 times we went we saw bears on the Pigeon Forge/ Gatlinburg bypass in the late afternoon. Had someone that worked at our hotel tell us they cross their about every evening coming down around the visitor center coming into Gatlinburg.

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7. Re: Best place to see bears?

We just left PF this morning :-( We usually see bears just about every trip and this time saw two. We were at Cade's Cove and had pulled off at a wider spot to eat a picnic lunch and looked up the ridge behind us and saw a medium size one crossing. The second one was large and up in the top of a tree over the road. Now we haven't done this bit have been told if you park in the parking lot of Bennett's Bar b Que in Gatlinburg around 10:00 pm the bears make a nightly visit to their dumpsters there. You can never tell when they might show up but we are always looking and very rarely are disappointed.Good Luck!

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8. Re: Best place to see bears?

Thanks for the suggestions everyone! I'll let you know if we find any bears for her. lol

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