Part of Appalachian Trail closed for camping because of bear activity

Published: Oct. 6, 2017 at 7:17 PM EDT
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A portion of the Appalachian Trail is closed for overnight camping.

According to a post on the Shenandoah National Park Facebook's page, recent bear activity on the trail from Rip Rap Parking to Turk Gap Parking prompted officials to close it to backcountry camping.

"You can still hike there, but be sure you are bear-safe," read the post. Park officials reminded those not to have smellable items in your pack or pockets.

And those pesky but wonderful bears...The Appalachian Trail from Rip Rap Parking to Turk Gap Parking is CLOSED to...

Posted by Shenandoah National Park on Friday, October 6, 2017