Great Smoky Mtns. NP – UPDATE: Campsite Reopened – Birch Spring Gap Campsite

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10/03/2022

Update: Birch Spring Gap Campsite (NOBO mile 172.3) in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park has been reopened. However, a bear caution remains in effect for the campsite. Hikers should continue to use caution, keep a clean camp, pack out all trash, and properly store food overnight on the provided bear cables. Never leave food unattended.

To learn more about bear safety, proper food storage on the A.T., bear canister lending programs, and how to use a bear canister, visit: https://appalachiantrail.org/bears

For information about backcountry permits and conditions in the park, contact the GSMNP Backcountry Office: 865-436-1297

09/06/2022

Update: Birch Spring Gap Campsite (NOBO mile 172.3) in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is now closed due to bear activity. Hikers should plan their itineraries accordingly to avoid the campsite. No matter where you camp along the A.T., always keep a clean camp, pack out all trash and food waste, and store food and all “smellables” properly. Never leave food or smellables unattended.

Hikers in the park are required to use the provided food storage cables at all overnight sites. The Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) recommends that all overnight hikers carry a bear canister. To hang a bear canister on the food storage cables, you can place the bear canister in an empty pack and attach the pack to the cables. You should never attach rope to your bear canister as that may allow a bear to carry it away.

To learn more about bear safety, proper food storage on the A.T., bear canister lending programs, and how to use a bear canister, visit: https://appalachiantrail.org/bears

For information about backcountry permits and conditions in the park, contact the GSMNP Backcountry Office: 865-436-1297

08/16/2022

A bear caution is in effect for the Birch Spring Gap Campsite (NOBO mile 172.3) in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Hikers should keep a clean camp, pack out all trash and food waste, and store food and all “smellables” properly. Never leave food or smellables unattended.

Hikers in the park are required to use the provided food storage cables at all overnight sites. The Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) recommends that all overnight hikers carry a bear canister. To hang a bear canister on the food storage cables, you can place the bear canister in an empty pack and attach the pack to the cables. You should never attach rope to your bear canister as that may allow a bear to carry it away.

To learn more about bear safety, proper food storage on the A.T., bear canister lending programs, and how to use a bear canister, visit: https://appalachiantrail.org/bears

For information about backcountry permits and conditions in the park, contact the GSMNP Backcountry Office: 865-436-1297

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