Bears close camping along Appalachian Trail

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Bears close camping along Appalachian Trail

Postby Todd » Tue Apr 19, 2011 4:49 am

Bears close camping along Appalachian Trail

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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