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I took a group of 5 last weekend overnight backpack on Beech Bottom Trail to Jack's River falls. It's a bit of a hassle to get to the trailhead - about an hr or so on Forest Svc roads. It's a very easy hike and the falls are more than worth the effort. Camping is a problem as FS prohibits camping within .5 mile of the falls. We camped at the last possible allowed location on the trail. There's a sign that prohibits camping beyond. We went off on a spur trail 100 yds or so to a well used camp area. Around 7:30 a 300 lb black bear showed up circling our camp and not at all put off by our presence. There are no good limbed trees in the area so we did the best we could with our bear bag about 20' up but only about 3' away from the trunk. Within a .5 hr we heard and then saw the bear climb the tree and get all of our food. He hung around eating it for quite awhile and then came back at 2:30 for leftovers and then back again around 8 for bkfst. We didn't sleep that well as you might imagine. We were up at cleaned everything up just before he came back in the morning so he prowled about and then withdrew. The FS should mark the area as this is obviously a problem bear that has been habituated to people and is used to getting their food. He made no aggressive moves toward us but then we didn't challenge him for our food either. We met an FS ranger on the way out and he said he wouldn't camp anywhere near there as it's probably the most common area to encounter bears - and anywhere near the falls as people eat there and don't pick up well. All in all, a more exciting trip than we planned. I've been camping/hiking/backpacking in the Cohuttas 5 times and I've encountered 5 bears on 3 different occasions. Not surprising since this is probably the most rugged and remote country remaining in Georgia.