Some of the most common questions, and anxieties, about the Appalachian Trail are about bears.
I can't count how many times I was asked, "What about bears?" "Aren't you afraid of bears?" "Are bears dangerous out there?" And so on.
Yes, there are definitely bears on the AT! I haven't met too many hikers who haven't seen a black bear on the trail. But encountering a bear doesn't have to be scary or dangerous... as long as you don't do anything stupid.
Read on, and learn from my mistakes people.