While planning your vacation to the Smokies, you will probably book a campsite, cabin, or hotel, choose which live shows you want to see in nearby cities, and determine which zip line or riding stable has the best deals. You also need to plan what you will do if and when you encounter a bear.
Nearly everyone has heard the timeless warning, “Do not feed the bears!” You may be wondering, “What’s the big deal?” Well, it is a big deal, and we want to let you in on three big reasons you shouldn't feed the bears.
According to park rangers, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is now home to 1,600 black bears and counting. That’s a lot of bears! Even so, there is no guarantee you will see one during your visit. With careful planning, however, you may be able to spot one of these amazing creatures; and from a safe distance.