Part of Appalachian Trail closed to camping due to bear threat

Day hiking is still allowed, but the U.S. Forest Service late last month banned camping along and within a quarter-mile of the popular trail between Forest Service Road 41 at Jarrard Gap and Ga. 129 at Neels Gap.

Camping is also being prohibited within a quarter-mile of the Blood Mountain and Woods Hole shelters in the Chattahoochee National Forest.

The ban is in effect through June 21, according to the Forest Service.

The 2,178-mile Appalachian Trail runs from Springer Mountain in Georgia to Mount Katahdin in Maine.

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