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    Default Clingmans to Davenport

    I'm planning to do Clingman's to Davenport Gap to finish the Smokies over Labor Day weekend. I noticed that Cosby Knob Shelter is currently closed due to bear activity. Does anybody have any details on that? How long it's been closed and/or potential reopening? I couldn't find anything. Also, are there bear cables at Davenport Gap Shelter? Thanks for any info!

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    I believe Crosby has been closed for some time. It has a history of bear problems so it could be shut down indefinitely. Which really screws up the spacing. Long day from Tri-Corner to Davenport, but half of it is down hill.

    Davenport shelter has a chain link fence in front which can be secured a night, so no bear cables. It's also on the side of a hill, so tenting around the shelter isn't very good.

    Starting at Clingmans, I would stop at Ice Water Springs and Tri-Corner (which is a given). Labor day weekend. Better be on the computer the second the reservation window opens up or you'll miss out. I think their still reserving at half capacity.
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    Not sure how long it has been closed this year but it gets closed every year at some point for bear activity. It generally stays closed for a while after that, and it seems some years it doesn't re-open until late in the year. Davenport Gap Shelter has no cables, a fence to keep humans in, and the "privy" area is nothing but rocks and rocks with poop under them pretty much.
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    Thanks for the replies. That's what I'm thinking for stops. I will probably just continue down the the Gap instead of staying at the shelter. It will be a long day but what's another 1.1 on the last day. Any idea what time the reservation system rolls over at night? I do plan on jumping on it right away when they are available.

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    I want to say it is midnight Mountain for some weird reason. They are only allowing reservations 14 days out currently instead of the normal 30 from what I understand.
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    Cosby Shelter is in the section that I maintain. It was open when I worked the section on July 16.

    I did see a handwritten note about a "pesky " bear attached to the Covid19 warnings poster attached to the shelter.

    And yes, it happens almost ever summer.
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