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Where would one most likely see bears?

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Where would one most likely see bears?

We are going to North Carolina next weekend. Curious about the location that one is most likely able to see bears?

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1. Re: Where would one most likely see bears?

Cades Cove area on TN side of GDMNP. Also at a distance in Cataloochee.

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2. Re: Where would one most likely see bears?

I've heard of Cataloochee. Is that the area that one must travel on a curvy gravel road to reach the destination?

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3. Re: Where would one most likely see bears?

yes

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4. Re: Where would one most likely see bears?

I would recommend driving on 441 through the park. We have seen Bears up at Clingmans Dome, Cades Cove, Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail and close to the vistors center in Cherokee.

I have never seen a Bear at Cataloochee before, but have seen many Elk there.

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5. Re: Where would one most likely see bears?

Agreed with Goldrush. With going all the way to Cades Cove, your best bet to see a bear is probably driving from Cherokee to Gatlinburg on 441. It's still hit-and-VERY-miss, but you might get lucky.

Cataloochee is always worth a trip, to me. The entrance is Cove Creek Rd where 275 meets I-40. From Waynesville, take 276/19 toward Maggie Valley. Turn right when 276 separates from 19 at the Maggie Valley city limits. Just before you get to I-40, Cove Creek Rd is on your left.

You're right; the road is gravel much of the way, and it's narrow in places. Just drive slow, and try not to get caught in the dark.

Enjoy your trip!

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