Camping and Wildlife Safety
Planning an overnight stay in the park? Camping can be a great way to truly experience the park. There is a lot of wildlife here, and night is a good time to see or hear many of our wild creatures. Proper precautions can keep you safe and keep unwanted animals out of your tent.
· Always keep a clean camp.
· Never leave food lying out.
· Never dump food scraps or other smelly stuff near your camping area.
· Never bring food in your tent.
· Lock food, trash, and scented items in a vehicle when not in use.
· If you are backpacking or boating and do not have a vehicle, food should be hung in a tree out of reach of animals and away from your tent.
· Use designated camping areas.
· Keep your sleeping area, tent and sleeping bag free of food and odors.
· Dispose of trash in bear resistant trash cans.
· Keep a safe distance from all wildlife.
· Never feed wild animals! It is dangerous to both you and the animal.
· Always keep pets on a leash.
Black bears are occasionally encountered in the park, so be aware. You are most likely to run into raccoons or skunks trying to get your food or making a lot of noise trying to get into a trash can.
If you see a bear:
· Remain calm. Do not run.
· Enjoy the sighting. Most visitors never get the chance to see a bear.
· Keep a safe distance (100 yards or more).
· If the bear approaches, scare it away with loud shouting or by throwing rocks or sticks towards it.
· Report sightings to a park ranger.
Did You Know?
The New River was designated an American Heritage River on July 30, 1998. There are currently fourteen American Heritage Rivers in the country.