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Black Bear Festival in Plymouth, NC

No matter what you think about bears, when someone says, “I saw a bear,” you listen.

Big Mill Bed and Breakfast innkeeper blog post talks about the Black Bear Festival every June. Black Bears can be seen through the low lying areas of eastern North Carolina | @bigmill | www.chloesblog.bigmill.com/black-bear-festival-plymouth-nc

Bears in North Carolina are usually black with a cinnamon color muzzle

Increasingly, we are beginning to see bears here in eastern North Carolina. They are mostly in the mountains and coastal regions – bears love our coastal pocosin habitat.

In one of the articles I read, eastern North Carolina was said to have the highest Black Bear population of all the states. A 500-pound bear is not at all uncommon and bear biologist, Colleen Olfenbuttel, confirmed that they are seeing “an increased frequency of 700+ pound bears.”

Baby Black bears can be seen in eastern North Carrolina | www.chloesblog.bigmill.com/black-bear-festival-plymouth-nc

Bears come in all sizes – remember Mama isn’t far away

When I was a child we had two gardens: one near the house and one early garden down near the woods. Every year, we saw bear tracks in the early garden. My mother told me that they were moving from the Pocosin (upland swamp) to another habitat. In the fall, the tracks went back the other way.

The small Inner Banks town of Plymouth, NC (located on the way to the Outer Banks) has a Black Bear Festival every June. In June the farmers harvest the winter wheat and the bears come out to forage. Bears also like acorns, frogs, fruit, fish, peanuts, seeds and even small mammals. I love that this bear is so trendy eating the dandelions!

Black bears have an interesting diet. This one seems to like Dandelions. Come see bears at the NC Black Bear Festival in Plymouth, NC | www.chloesblog.bigmill.com/black-bear-festival-plymouth-nc

This Black Bear is so trendy in his diet of dandelions

Have you seen a bear? If you want to see one, then be sure to pop in at the North Carolina Black Bear Festival in Plymouth, NC, on the first weekend in June.

There will be tours into the “wild.” One is on Federal land (Pungo Lake area) and the cost is $15 for adults and $10 for children. The other tour type is on private land and is considered one of the best places to see bears. The cost for this tour is $75 for adults and $37.50 for children under 12. There is a special Swamp Buggy tour for $175 per person. These tours on private land are run by Dare to Hyde Outdoor Adventures. Information for the festival tours can be found on the festival website and you can follow NC Black Bear Fest on Facebook.

If you don’t get a chance to attend the festival, Dare to Hyde Outdoor Adventures will arrange a special tour for you. Just give them a call – they are really nice. I plan to take their tour soon. I want to see a Red Wolf and I love riding in Swamp Buggies.

The festival promises “relentless food” and great music – something for everyone. Don’t wait too late to book your place!

The NC Black Bear Festival is held in Plymouth, North Carolina every June. Learn more about the festival and about tours to see the bears and other wildlife during their active season on Chloe's Blog. | @bigmill | www.chloesblog.bigmill.com/black-bear-festival-plymouth-nc

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FOR MORE INFORMATION:

North Carolina Black Bear Festival
Plymouth, NC
June 2-4, 2017
Telephone: 252-799-9099
Washington County Travel & Tourism or email Tom Harrison harrison@plymouthnc.com

DISTANCES:

20 miles east of BIG MILL B&B
124 miles east of Raleigh, NC
94 miles south of Norfolk, VA
48 miles east of Greenville, NC

Chloe Tuttle Big Mill Bed and Breakfast near Greenville NC

Big Mill Bed & Breakfast
Williamston, NC 27892
Telephone: 252-792-8787

Author: Chloe Tuttle

I am a farm girl who sailed the world, returned home to the family farm and opened Big Mill Bed and Breakfast. Join us for a quiet getaway 252-792-8787.

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