Let’s face it. Who doesn’t come the Smoky Mountains hoping to see a black bear? Since arriving in town, you’ve driven Cades Coves three times and have yet to spot a single black bear. Bear proof trash cans also mean there is little chance of spotting these furry black creatures from the comfort and safety of your cabin. Thankfully, Three Bears General Store in Pigeon Forge is home to a live bear habitat.
The entrance to the bear habitat is located at the back of the store on the second floor, past endless displays of souvenirs and decor. Before you leave your car, remind yourself and your children for the goal of your visit: seeing the bears, not purchasing another slice of fudge or tacky t-shirt. I don’t think it is by mistake that the bear habitat entrance is very close to the children’s toy department.
Pay for admission at the habitat entrance, then enter and feed the live black bears. The habitat is clean and well-maintained, with viewing points from several levels, but very zoo-like and constructed primarily of concrete. Adults and children alike will love seeing bears walking around, playing, or standing on their hind legs to attract food.
Don’t miss Three Bears General Store’s live bear habitat. This affordable outing will be one of your family’s fun memories from your trip to the Smokies!
If you want to feed the bears, plan your visit during the four hours of feeding time each day (10 am – Noon, 3-4 pm, 7-8 pm).
The “coupons” section of the Three Bears General Store’s website has a printable buy one get one free bear admission coupon.
Three Bears General Store is located at Traffic Light #4 on the parkway in Pigeon Forge.
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