Remember: this is THEIR territory and YOU are the visitor.
Don’t feed bears—feeding rewards them for approaching people, which can lead to dangerous encounters.
If you see a bear, remain watchful. Do not approach it. If your presence causes the bear to alter its behavior (it stops feeding, changes travel direction, watches you, etc.), you are too close.
Getting too close to a bear may provoke aggressive behavior, such as running toward you, making loud noise or swatting the ground. Slowly back away from the bear, but do not run. The bear can run faster than you, hitting up to 30 miles per hour.
If a black bear persistently follows or approaches you without vocalizing or paw swatting, change your direction. If the bear continues to follow, stand your ground and attempt to intimidate the bear by stomping your feet or throwing rocks or sticks. Do not run, and do not turn away from the bear.
In the rare case that a black bear does attack, fight back: Bite, kick, punch, poke it in the eyes.
Only a few Bears reside in Gatlinburg and you sould consiter youself lucky if you see one. They are afraid of people so, use common sence you, and but be cogizant of the fact that they are wild aminals.
Both the streets and sidewalks of Gatlinburg are virtually always crowded. Although there are several crosswalks where pedestrians have the right of way, motorists are often distracted by the sights.
A good buddy of mine from college days lost his mother when she was struck and killed while crossing the street in Gatlinburg. Drive and WALK defensively. Don't take a vacation from common sense and safety.
This picture is the of the Gatlinburg Parkway during March - between skiing season and the blooming of wildflowers - the least crowded month of the year.
Cabins of Gatlinburg and or the American cabins rented a cabin to me which states the following: "This Gatlinburg vacation cabin has High Cathedral Ceiling with Three Bedrooms and Three Baths with Indoor Jacuzzi, Screened area Deck with Hot Tub, Rocking Chairs and a Swing. Located within Minutes from Gatlinburg attractions, Pigeon Forge, Great Smoky Mountain National Park, Dollywood and Dolly''s Splash Country." The Three bathrooms where no where to be found only two,The Jacuzzi had some kind of matter floating around in it that looked like a baby diaper that had been left there and had came apart.....then there was all the hair ...[hand fulls of it]....bugs [ a few lady bugs ...but not in the amount that would bother anyone but they were there, roaches , and not sure what else was there because I have never seen anything that looked like it before. Then it is the matter of when we turned the Jacuzzi on trying to filter this mess out of it , the main breaker was thrown and had to find the main breaker box, which when throwing the breaker back on it was so hot i could not use my fingers to turn it back on. There where the ceiling fans which we could not use because the lights where falling off from being loose and only held on by the bulbs. When I contacted the rental company (which i could not reach them directly but through the baby sitters) they did nothing to resolve the matter and never contacted me further on it. The cable or satilite does not work. Just be sure if you rent any cabins from them to be sure you have good bug spray with you because the lady bugs are not the ones you have to contend with as they try to tell you in your e-mail after they have already taken the cost from your credit card.....and will do nothing to work with you during or after your stay. Believe me you do not want to get caught staying in these rental companys properity.
The mountains are a beautiful place to visit. However, be careful in the event you would like to return. Mountain roads are best negotiated at a modest speed. You're on vacation...Not driving the Daytona 500.
You will see this fellow in the Black Bear Habitat, there's free entertainment and educational Bear Museum and slide show to inform visitors about these wild animals that have roamed the Smokies for thousands of years. Please don't feed the bears.
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There are bears everywhere that have become accustomed to humans. They are quite wild and should be steered clear of. They are generally looking for food only. But 'bear play' for us humans wouldn't be much fun.
Black Bears live in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. They can be very dangerous, but for the most part stay away from people. If you're camping in the park, you need to take sensible precautions with storage of food, etc.
You do not want to get this close to a bear. I had parked my car in a secluded area and got out, hoping to photograph some wildlife. First thing I knew, this bear was headed my direction. I headed for the car as fast as I could without spooking this critter. I got there just in time to take this picture, then rolled up the car window as he/she began to lick on the glass. Be Alert. Bears can be dangerous!
There are many cliffs to climb and you will run in to some waterfalls. Be careful of rock and mud slides.