Pennsylvania – Bear Activity – George W. Outerbridge Shelter




The ATC has received reports of bear activity at the George W. Outerbridge Shelter (NOBO mile 1,260.0). Reports say that the bear(s) shows little fear of humans and is not scared by loud noises.

The ATC strongly recommends that all overnight hikers use a bear canister for the duration of their time on the Appalachian Trail (A.T.). Bear canisters are the surest and most flexible means of food storage for camping along the A.T. to ensure that bears do not access human food.

All area visitors should use caution. In addition to properly storing food and scented items overnight, hikers should keep a clean camp, pack out all trash and food waste, and never leave food unattended.

Learn more about bear canisters and bear safety on the A.T. here.

Report bear encounters on the A.T. here.