Your guide to bear spotting in Tennessee

The Smoky Mountains are bear country...

It’s not uncommon to see a bear darting around downtown Gatlinburg! 

But if you want to be sure to see one, here are the bear necessities...

Places like Cades Cove and Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail are known for wildlife 

Look in the right places


You're much more likely to see bears in the morning and evening 

Go early, stay late 


Open areas make it a lot easier to spot wildlife 

Look for open areas


Some people like to sit by a trail and wait for bears to come out 

Sit and wait 


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