Georgia – Bear Canister Requirement – Jarrard Gap to Neel Gap



Bear canisters seasonally required for camping between Jarrard Gap and Neel Gap

A U.S. Forest Service rule requires an approved bear-resistant canister for overnight camping on a 5-mile stretch of the A.T. in the Chattahoochee National Forest between Jarrard Gap and Neel Gap, between March 1 and June 1 each year. This stretch of the A.T. is located between points 26.7 and 31.7 miles north of the southern terminus of the A.T. at Springer Mountain, Georgia, and includes Woods Hole Shelter, Slaughter Creek Campsite, and Blood Mountain Shelter. Bear canisters should be used to store food, food containers, garbage and toiletries. Canisters must be commercially made and constructed of solid, non-pliable material manufactured for the specific purpose of resisting entry by bears. View details of the regulation or call the Chattahoochee – Oconee National Forest at (770) 297-3000 for more information.

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