Great Smoky Mtns NP – Shelter Closure – Derrick Knob




Officials with Great Smoky Mountains National Park have closed Derrick Knob Shelter (NOBO mile 190.1) due to bear activity.

Hikers should avoid this shelter, including not stopping here for breaks or to eat.

Hikers should exercise caution in this area, always properly store all food and scented items at night using the provided bear cables, keep a clean camp, pack out all trash and food waste, and never leave food unattended – even for a moment such as a quick trip to the privy or to check out a view. Russell Field Shelter is also closed due to bear activity and Mollies Ridge Shelter is on the bear warning list.

The ATC strongly recommends that all overnight hikers use a bear canister for the duration of their time on the Appalachian Trail (A.T.). Since all food and scented items must be hung from the provided bear cables while in the park, hikers using bear canisters should hang their canisters inside their packs. Never tie ropes to your bear canister – this can allow a bear to carry it away.

Learn more about bear canisters and bear safety on the A.T. here. Report bear encounters via ATC’s Bear Encounter Report Form.

For the latest alerts and park conditions, visit Great Smoky Mountains National Park website.