Blue Ridge Parkway Sees Increase In Bear Activity (2018-10-04 14:58:57)

The Blue Ridge Parkway has issued an alert for increased bear activity.

Mandatory food storage regulations are in effect in all park campgrounds, picnic areas and backcountry campsites.

All food, coolers, utensils, cook stoves and other food related items must be stored out of sight in a closed vehicle or in a bear proof food storage locker.

If you see a bear, remain watchful and don’t approach it. Federal regulations state that willfully approaching a bear within 50 yards or any distance that disturbs or displaces a bear is illegal in the park.

For more information including bear safety tips, visit