Georgia – Bear Activity – Jarrard Gap Area




The Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) has received a report of an aggressive bear at Jarrard Gap (NOBO mile 26.3), including that the bear took food from a food hang and showed no fear of humans. All area visitors should use caution and keep in mind that bears can roam over large distances in search of food. Hikers should keep a clean camp, store all food and “smellables” properly, and never leave food unattended. Hikers are required to use a hard-sided bear canister between Jarrad Gap and Neel Gap (NOBO mile 31.3) from March 1 to June 1. The ATC recommends that all Appalachian Trail (A.T.) campers use a bear canister for the duration of their trip, no matter the time of year.

To learn more about bear safety, proper food storage, and the bear canister lending program in Georgia, visit: