Young bears frolic in Gatlinburg mountains

What a surprise we had this morning, when over our morning cup of coffee, we spotted three bears foraging in the gorge behind our Mountain Rentals of Gatlinburg log cabin. The five bedroom home stretches over three floors and from the rocking chairs on the back porch we heard the rustle of branches before two yearling cubs rolled down the hillside. Thankfully they stopped to play long enough for us to grab our cameras.

We’ve been looking forward to this visit to the Great Smokey Mountains National Park, but it looks like we don’t even need to leave our vacation rental to find the wildlife. Now we’re really looking forward to hiking along the Appalachian Trail, the view from the Space Needle in downtown Gatlinburg and a ride in the Gatlinburg Aerial Tram. Not sure about the ziplines this trek. With bears in the backyard I think we’ve maxed out our need for another adrenaline-pumping natural encounter.