Black Bears in the Smoky Mountains: What Do They Like to Eat?

Black bear cub playing on wood stockWhen people visit the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, what’s the main animal they hope to see? Black bears, of course! Bears in the Smoky Mountains are the most active during the early morning and late evening hours in the spring and summer months. But what are they eating while they’re out and about during those hours?

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Activities to Enjoy in the Smokies


Luxury lodges, log cabins, chalets, and condominiums are located throughout the valleys and mountains of Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge/Sevierville, provide accommodations ranging from rustic to lavishly elegant. The Smokies supply an endless array of recreational activities. Visitors come to hike through the vast forests, fish in the beautiful creeks, whitewater raft, camp in the backcountry, horseback ride, and photograph the beautiful, scenic views.

Just outside the Park are the towns of Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and Sevierville featuring an unlimited supply of incredible shopping, dining, amusements, events and entertainment.

Visit the largest collection of Titanic memorabilia in the World, take an aerial tram to the top of the mountain, learn to horseback ride & zipline, shop for handmade mountain crafts or take the family to the Minor League Baseball ballpark. Everything your imagination can think to do is located in the valleys of the Smoky Mountains.

Trolleys operate throughout Sevierville, Pigeon Forge, and Gatlinburg offering affordable, air-conditioned transportation to hundreds of locations. They run throughout Gatlinburg & Pigeon Forge. You can park & ride, so don’t worry about parking or walking to each place.

Come to the Smoky Mountains on vacation! Your family will have more than enough to do for fun and entertainment. The Smokies will provide you with endless memories!

Hiking with Terry at Aunt Bug’s Cabin Rentals

Weekly Recommendations by Aunt Bug’s Cabin Rental Staff – One of my favorite places to take a little hike is in Gatlinburg. You park at the end around #10, and walk the trail that begins there along the river and it goes to the Sugarlands Visitors Center. Its not that hard of a walk, but I always see at least a bear in the trees and the river is great and it is always peaceful. I think round trip its like 2 ½ miles but at the end it makes you feel good, and its still close to home. So that is my life. – Terry

Sugarlands Visitor Center
Open every day except Christmas Day.
January – February 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
March 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
April – May 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
June – August 8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
September – October 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
November 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
December 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Inside the park, 2 miles south of Gatlinburg on US-441.

Special Programs
Ranger-led programs conducted seasonally. Check at the visitor center for locations and times.

Free admission to 20-minute film about the park. Extensive natural history exhibits.
Available Facilities
Great Smoky Mountains Association bookstore and shop. Public restrooms and telephones. Soda and water machines. Backcountry permit station. Photo courtesy of Real Travel Adventures.

Titanic Pigeon Forge

The new Titanic Museum Attraction in Pigeon Forge will be opening in April. The Titanic’s crew & exhibit are sure to edutain young & old alike. This 1st class attraction is the 2nd installment of the Titanic with the 1st being in Branson, MO. The creators of the Pigeon Forge museum attraction have strived to recreate the maiden voyage from the famous grand staircase to original accounts & experiences of passengers & crew. The museum experience should inpire young passengers through interactive exhibits as they learn how the Titanic was built & the history of the ship & its passengers. The Titanic Pigeon Forge truly will be a must see exhibit. Maiden Voyage April 8th, 2010. All Aboard.

North Carolina / Tennessee Rock Slide

Travel Alert
Be Advised: There was a massive rock slide at the Tennessee-North Carolina state line on Saturday October 24, 2009. Detours have been established.

Note: During the winter months, use the following websites and numbers for the current road and weather conditions
for these alternate routes.
Tennessee Department of Tourism – 1-800-342-3258
Great Smoky Mountains National Park – 865-436-1200

Alternate Routes
Drivers traveling from Tennessee to western North Carolina via I-40 are advised to take one of two eastbound detours.

The Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP) recommends traveling east to North Carolina via I-81 to Johnson City, then taking I-26 to Asheville.

Drivers in normal passenger vehicles can also take Highway 25-70 from Newport into North Carolina.

Visitors to Gatlinburg can also follow HWY 441 through Great Smoky Mountains National Park to Cherokee and take HWY 19 through Maggie Valley to access 1-40 in North Carolina.

Note:The Tennessee Department of Transportation has begun a major project along Highway 66 (which could make traffic a bear). Get more info about the road construction and utilize less-traveled and scenic routes to Gatlinburg (to ensure an enjoyable trip through the Smokies).

Pigeon Forge Cabins by Aunt Bug’s Cabin Rentals

For your next weekend getaway, why not get a cabin in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. Aunt Bug’s Cabin Rentals is the recognized leader in luxury cabin rentals in Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, & Smoky Mountains offering the finest of furnishings for the romantic getaway and family fun. Whether you are looking for a cabin with a spectacular mountain view or a cabin on the Little Pigeon River, Aunt Bug’s Cabin Rentals offers affordable deluxe cabins & economy chalets to suit your family’s needs and vacation budget. For more info please call 1-866-286-8284 or visit

Smoky Mountain Fireflies N’Sync

Getaway to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and take in some of Mother Nature’s weirdest & wildest events – Synchronous Fireflies. Fireflies aka “Lightning Bugs” get crazy normally during a 2 week peak period in June in the Smoky Mountains. Each species of firefly has characteristic flash patterns that help the genders recognize each other. Trolleys take off at the Sugarlands Visitor Center close to Gatlinburg, Tennessee and will take you to the Elkmont camp ground for a $1 roundtrip ride. They ask that you cover your flashlight with red/blue cellophane, so that the fireflies are not disrupted. This awe inspiring mating ritual is a cool phenomenon to take in with friends and family.

Just another thing to do in the Smoky Mountains.